Shipping organisations, supported by government and military organisations, have produced a new, free-to-download maritime security guide for ships operating off the coast of West Africa.
The publication – entitled Best Management Practices to Enhance Maritime Security for Vessels & Mariners Operating Off the Coast of West Africa – is available to download at www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org, and printed copies of the publication will be available later in the year.
Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), commented: ‘It is unacceptable that pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea continue to threaten the lives of our seafarers, especially at a time when we are also having to fend off the threat from COVID-19. This publication shows the shipping industry’s firm commitment to the safety and welfare of the men and women who move world trade, and ending the blight of piracy in the region once and for all.’
Angus Frew, Secretary General and CEO of BIMCO, added: ‘Due to the regrettable lack of efficient law enforcement especially in Eastern Gulf of Guinea, this consolidated antipiracy guidance is a must-read for seafarers operating within reach of Nigerian pirates.’