Thursday, April 12, 2012

West Africa (Gulf of Guinea) Pirates: Now Using Mother Ships?

MarineLink report: "Bergen Risk Solutions says Nigerian pirates now using mother ships":
Bergen Risk Solutions, the Norwegian based specialist in political, maritime and security risk assessments that puts a special focus on Nigeria and the Niger Delta, has identified a worrying new trend in Nigerian piracy - the use of mother ships and skiffs in a similar manner to Somali Pirate Action Groups.
Increased range for these pirates is not a good trend. No really failed state akin to Somalia nearby, though, so taking whole ships may not be too likely yet. Theft of moveables and kidnapping of crew members for ransom, though, is a long time practice in the region.

1 comment:

  1. even IF the USN cannot see the value of using motherships, the pirates sure have~