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Alandia signs declaration to fight Gulf of Guinea piracy

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Every person deserves to be safe while carrying out their work, and to be able to return to their homes without being victims of violent crime. Seafarers deserve no less.

The piracy problem in the Gulf of Guinea has developed into a curse for seafarers over the past decade. In 2021, the threat that looms for all seafarers going to the region is being kidnapped at gunpoint for ransom. While overall numbers of pirate attacks are largely unchanged, the violence, scope, and sophistication of the attacks on shipping has continued to increase and today take place across an area of more than 200 nautical miles from the pirate bases that are principally located within the Niger Delta.

Along with more than 270 stakeholders across the maritime industry, Alandia has signed “The Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy”. We fully support the demand that “no seafarer should face the grave risks of kidnapping and violence when transporting cargo, supporting the offshore sector, or fishing in the Gulf of Guinea.”

The objective of the declaration is to reduce pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea by at least 80% by the end of 2023 and ensure that no seafarers are kidnapped from a ship in the preceding 12-month period.

To read the full declaration, please see below.
https://www.bimco.org/GoGDeclaration