Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea

In the fourth of the MSR Viewpoint series, Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea, Alain Schembri of Gemini Maritime presents his views on the current situation in the Gulf area and suggests a role for private maritime security.

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Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea

By Alain Schembri

It seems so long ago that Lynn Pascoe, the outgoing under-secretary-general for political affairs in the United Nations, told a meeting of the Security Council last February, “We must take further concrete steps designed to eradicate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which constitutes a clear threat to the security and economic development of the states in the region.”

As the UN prepares for another security summit later this year to try and draw together a comprehensive strategy amongst the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the lack of any maritime security strategy is having a significant effect across the region where maritime criminal activity is on the rise.

Current reports detail the attacks as being extremely violent, with pernicious beatings accompanying robbery, kidnap and even death.

According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), in 2011 there were a total of 25 incidents. Up to 5 September 2012 there have been…….[access full article]

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