Gulf of Guinea retains world piracy hotspot status

Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, remains the world hotspot for piracy with 43% of all incidents reported in the first quarter of this year coming from the busy shipping waters off the continental west coast.

The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB’s) latest global piracy report records 38 incidents since the start of 2021 – compared with 47 incidents in the same period last year. In the first three months of 2021, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) reported 33 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels fired on and one vessel hijacked.

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