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IMB warns of West Africa piracy surge

12th March 2014 - 12:14 GMT | by Beth Stevenson in London


Piracy threats in regional waters off the West African have been highlighted as an increasing danger zone for commercial shipping, according to the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) 2013 annual piracy report.

Published on 7 March, the report described how Nigerian piracy levels stand at their highest number since 2008, with attacks by these pirates accounting for 31 of the 51 attacks reported in West Africa during 2013.

The region alone accounted for 19% of international attacks in 2013, with gas oil considered to be the main target for Nigerian pirates, the report continued.

Also describing a general increase in piracy

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Beth Stevenson


Beth Stevenson

Beth is a former senior reporter for Digital Battlespace and Unmanned Vehicles magazines. Beth graduated …

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