• Home
  • News
  • BIMCO's Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy
  • 2021 May 20 16:41

    BIMCO's Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy

    Dryad Global says it has joined the world’s leading companies and associations in the shipping industry to sign BIMCO's Gulf of Guinea Declaration on the Suppression of Piracy.

    What's the Declaration all about?

    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.

    The situation is unacceptable for five reasons:
    1. The human toll is unacceptable high for seafarer victims either directly affected by attacks, e.g., through kidnapping, psychological trauma, or death, as well as indirectly affected by periods of stress because of the constant threat.
    2.The attacks are preventable taking place in a relatively small area (less than one fifth the size of the area affected by Somali piracy in 2010). An active naval force with very few assets conducting effective law enforcement could deter and suppress piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
    3. Stakeholders in the region – including individual consumers, governments, and businesses – pay increased costs for shipments due to increased cost of security for visiting merchant ships.
    4. Continued reliance on locally sourced commercial protection services that are under the control of the coastal States undermines incentives to carry out effective law enforcement and therefore is not a model that will genuinely repress the actions of the pirates in the region.
    5. The poor security situation impedes regional economic growth because it puts off investments in the ocean-based economy whereby a significant contribution to the regional economies is forfeited.

    What does the Declaration ask of its signatories?
    Declaration:
    We, the signatories to the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy, 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.
    We recognise the important steps taken and positive initiatives underway by coastal States in the region. We call on all stakeholders e.g., coastal and flag States, shipowners, charterers, maritime organisations, importers and exporters, oil, and mining companies, offshore operators, fishers, supranational organisations, labour unions and NGOs, to sign this pledge and join together in a coalition to end the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea through:

    • Tangibly supporting antipiracy law enforcement (as mandated by international law including international treaties, e.g. the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) by non-regional naval forces providing a capable incident response capability to complement regional coastal States’ antipiracy law enforcement operations;
    • Enhancing regional capacity building with priority given to those coastal States which demonstrate the will to participate actively in law enforcement at sea;
    • Encouraging non-regional navies to work actively together with each other and the Gulf of Guinea coastal States’ antipiracy law enforcement forces and agencies to supress the pirate threat;
    • Supporting the deployment of law enforcement staff from regional coastal States on non-regional navy ships for capacity building purposes and to assist in the arrest and prosecution of pirates;
    • Facilitating the implementation of effective shipboard defensive measures within the region, including via the BMP West Africa guidance and through other onboard active and passive protective measures;
    • Improving domain awareness (e.g., via radars on offshore platforms) and sharing of relevant information between antipiracy law enforcement forces and agencies;
    • Increasing effective law enforcement activity ashore to disrupt the underlying criminal enterprises where they are based;
    • Providing prison facilities for arrested pirates (ideally in the region), and encouraging coastal States in the Gulf of Guinea to actively prosecute;
    • Working towards improving the transparency between law enforcement agencies, military forces, and protection services; and
    • Actively conveying the messages above to relevant stakeholders.
    • We firmly believe that piracy and attempts at kidnapping are preventable; as a minimum we need to see, by the end of 2023, that:
    • The number of attacks by pirates should be reduced from current levels by at least 80%; and No seafarers should have been kidnapped from a ship in the preceding 12-month period.



2021 October 27

18:22 IMC Shipping appoints Mingfa Liu as managing director for ship services
18:07 TotalEnergies and MOL hold naming ceremony of France’s first LNG bunker vessel
17:51 Damen built LNG bunkering vessel enters service in the Gulf of Finland
17:42 Rosmorport takes delivery of LNG-powered Ro-Ro ship Marshal Rokossovsky
17:40 DEME Offshore installs final foundation at Hornsea Two offshore wind farm
17:34 Port of Zeebrugge posts a strong growth in nine months of 2021
15:40 Dublin Port volumes down by 3.3% after nine months of 2021
14:33 IMO considers midterm-measures for GHG reduction from ships
14:12 BIO-UV Group adds 3d scanning to turnkey BIO-SEA BWTS retrofit services
13:50 Ocean Yield agrees to invest in six VLCCs with 10-year bareboat charters to International Seaways
13:02 WinGD invests in training as gas-fuelled fleet grows
12:52 Vyborg Shipyard contracted to build an 18 MW icebreaker for Rosmorport
12:38 Zero emissions by 2050 is not enough for most developed countries if planetary warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees - DNV
12:37 The LNG Fleet, LNG Bunkering and Other Alternatives Conference kicks off in Moscow
12:06 FESCO to supply Indian stations in Antarctica for another 5 years
11:51 Constructora Vale Verde places a repeat order for a cutter suction dredger with Damen Shipyards
11:19 MarineMax reports record fourth quarter and fiscal year results
11:18 FSRU Marshal Vasilevskiy completes maiden voyage with LNG cargo on the Northern Sea Route
10:09 Siemens Gamesa solidifies offshore presence in U.S. with Virginia blade facility
09:55 MABUX: No firm trend on Bunker market on Oct 27
09:33 Baltic Dry Index as of Oct 26
09:25 Aquadrill announces sale of a semisubmersible drilling unit
08:57 Oil prices edge lower

2021 October 26

18:06 FarSounder and NAVTOR announce a new partnership
17:49 Russian State Duma approves a bill on wrecks removal in the first reading
17:36 FuelEU can do more for the decarbonisation of shipping – World Shipping Council
17:08 First global hydrographic innovation and technology laboratory established in Singapore
16:31 BIO-UV Group adds 3D scanning to turnkey BIO-SEA BWTS retrofit services
16:24 Wärtsilä commits to carbon neutrality by 2030
16:05 CSL Americas takes delivery of second converted self-unloading ship
15:27 Damen Maaskant Shipyards Stellendam delivers 38-metre Beam Trawler to Rederij Long Ships
15:17 Vard Electro dual-battery pack to reduce emissions for Siem Offshore subsea vessel
15:01 Baltic Shipyard marks successful loading of shield tank duo onto the 22220 nuclear icebreaker Yakutia
14:13 BW Energy signs an agreement for the acquisition of semi-submersible drilling rig for the Kudu development
13:19 Wallem Group appoints John-Kaare Aune as new Chief Executive Officer
12:13 DP World: RWG terminal to be the first carbon neutral container terminal in the world
11:32 ClassNK grants Innovation Endorsement for Products & Solutions to Weathernews’s CIM
11:02 AIDA Cruises’ new cruise ship completes its first voyage on the river Ems
10:51 Sea Machines names Trevor Vieweg as new chief technology officer
10:14 TECO 2030 receives NOK 50 million in government support for fuel cell development
10:07 MABUX: Bunker prices may demonstrate irregular changes on Oct 26
09:54 Baltic Dry Index as of Oct 25
09:51 San Pedro Bay ports announce new measure to clear cargo
09:09 Oil prices continue to climb

2021 October 25

19:59 Severnaya Verf readies the 170701 series factory freezer trawler Kapitan Sokolov for shore power connection
18:13 CMA CGM applies Winter Surcharge in the Russian ports of St Petersburg, Bronka and Ust-Luga
17:44 Estonia’s Elenger takes delivery of first Damen LGC 6000 LNG bunkering vessel
17:34 Carnival Cruise Line christens Mardi Gras in first naming ceremony in the U.S. since industry restart
16:57 Sembcorp Marine clarifies report on the Johan Castberg Project
16:47 Two ways to experience the Fort Lauderdale Int'l Boat Show
15:23 Trafigura Group closes USD2.4 billion-equivalent syndicated revolving credit facility and term loan facilities
14:22 Sea Port of Saint Petersburg’s employees support package during COVID-19 pandemic
14:02 Svanehøj launches a new control system makes P&C offloading faster and easier
13:20 PIL launches new direct China to Gulf Service – Gulf China Service
12:15 Port of Hamburg honoured as ‘Best Seaport – Europe’
11:35 LR granted AiP to Samsung Heavy Industries for liquefied hydrogen carrier
11:12 Rosmorport updates Port of Ust-Luga data in the Register of Russia’s seaports
10:17 MABUX: Bunker prices may demonstrate upward changes on Oct 25
09:38 Russian Gov’t gives green light to imposing some port services tariffs in foreign currency
09:21 Baltic Dry Index as of Oct 22