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News articles and special reports related to maritime piracy, piracy attacks, and maritime crimes in West Africa (the West African Coast, the Nigerian Coast, and the Gulf of Guinea). The Adverse Private Forces we focus on here are Nigerian and West African Pirates. We are also in the process of consolidating resources on piracy currently covered in different sections of




Pirates hijack tanker off Gabon as shipping risks spread. Pirates are thought to have boarded the Maltese-flagged Cotton tanker, carrying a partly loaded cargo of fuel oil, on Monday near Gabon's Port Gentil. By Reuters, July 17, 2013: TEXT


Ghana's navy intercepts suspected pirate ship and arrests crew. Ghana's deputy Information Minister Felix Kwakye Ofosu said the vessel intercepted by Ghana's navy, the MT Mustard, was believed to have been used to siphon fuel from the Cotton. By Reuters, August 2, 2012: TEXT


Gunmen release fuel tanker hijacked off Nigerian coast. Indian-based managers Medallion Marine lost contact with the Marshall Islands-flagged SP Atlanta on Sunday evening. By Reuters, August 14, 2013: TEXT

Pirates kidnap oil tanker crew off Nigeria -security sources. The Nigerian-flagged MT Matrix was boarded by gunmen in the early hours of Saturday (May 25) about 40 nautical miles off the coast of oil-producing Bayelsa state. By Reuters, May 28, 2013: TEXT

Pirates release Pakistani crew kidnapped off Nigeria. Security sources believe ransoms were paid. By Reuters, June 6, 2013: TEXT

Pirates kidnap five crew from ship off Nigeria. Hostages were taken when the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged MV City of Xiamen container ship, operated by Sunship Schiffahrtskontor KG, was attacked on April 25 about 100 miles off Nigeria's coast. By Reuters, April 29, 2013: TEXT

Pirates release five Polish, Russian crew taken from ship off Nigeria. By Reuters, May 14, 2013: TEXT


Pirates raid chemical tanker off Togo, injure crew. Gunmen in speedboats boarded the Marshall Islands-flagged MT Ocean Centurion tanker on Tuesday (July 16), around 45 nautical miles southeast of Togo's coastal capital Lome. By Reuters, July 18, 2013: TEXT

Fact Sheet: International Maritime Piracy. Piracy at sea is a worldwide phenomenon which has affected not only the coasts of Africa, but also Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Yemen, and Venezuela. American citizens considering travel by sea should exercise caution when near and within these coastal areas. U.S. Department of State (last recorded update April 10, 2013 ): TEXT




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