Shipowners operating in the Gulf of Guinea received a piracy alert in late June after a Swiss bulk carrier vessel was boarded and some of its crew injured during a pirate attack off Conakry, Guinea.
Four criminals with weapons boarded the ship and stole money from a safe before fleeing, according to TradeWinds, a shipping news source.
It was one of the latest piracy incidents recorded in West Africa after years of declining attacks, including 81 in 2020, 34 in 2021 and just three last year.
To address piracy, illegal fishing and other sea crimes, Benin, Nigeria and Togo in mid-September conducted a five-day maritime security operation known as “Operation Safe Domain II.”
“These security challenges undermine the economic development of the zone while endangering the livelihood of local coastal communities and seafarers in general,”…