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Maritime threats require unified navies

Written by Africa Defense Forum

Pirates are attacking ships in Somalia and the Gulf of Guinea, and coastal nations will have to work together to stop them.

In February 2016, 14 Nigerian and Ghanaian pirates hijacked the Maximus, a Panama-flagged oil tanker, about 100 kilometres off the coast of Côte d’Ivoire. Eighteen crew members, representing six countries, were aboard. The pirates planned to sell the ship’s 4,700 tons of diesel fuel on the black market. The pirates even changed the ship’s name to Elvis 3 to avoid being tracked.

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