Pirates attack Chinese fishing vessel in Gulf of Guinea
—one crew member killed, six kidnapped
Another pirate attack was recorded in the Gulf of Guinea at the close of year 2021.
The attack was against a Chinese fishing vessel that was operating offshore Equatorial Guinea Mbini Area.
The incident took place within territorial waters, while it was understood that the vessel was approached by a speedboat, reportedly with a black hull containing an unknown number of perpetrators.
The perpetrators are also believed to have been armed and one crew member was understood to have been killed in the attack.
Furthermore, the report had it that six personnel were kidnapped from the vessel, including the captain.
The crew members are understood to be Ghanaian and Malian nationals.
The attack was the 11th kidnapping incident in the Gulf of Guinea in 2021 which brought the total number of crews kidnapped in offshore incidents to 82.
It was also the third attack offshore Equatorial Guinea on December 21.
Before the recent attacks, waters off Equatorial Guinea have historically witnessed significantly less reporting than those of neighbouring waters.
Pirates have historically shown a capacity to avoid the maritime security footprint within the Gulf of Guinea and are likely to seek to continue to exploit weaknesses where these are found.
Pirates have also shown an intent to reinforce success in areas where operations have been successful and as such the risk to vessels operating within both Equatorial Guinean waters and those offshore is increased,
said Dryad Global.
This incident came after a Danish naval patrol killed four pirates in an exchange of fire in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Nigeria, in November.
The incident occurred when the frigate Esbern Snare, which has been patrolling the area since early November, attempted to board the pirate boat.
“No Danish soldiers were injured, but five pirates were shot,” the military had then said. “Four of the pirates died. One was injured,” it added.
The Danish forces fired warning shots, and the pirates immediately fired back.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had told a news conference that the soldiers’ intervention had “probably prevented concrete pirate attacks against vessels in the region.”
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The eyewitness reporter
Apparently alarmed by the indiscriminate laying of communication cables and pipelines underneath the Nigerian waters by telecommunications operators and other allied professionals which has the potential of harming the safe navigation of ships, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has engaged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in a strategic discussion to forge a formidable synergy with other relevant stakeholders with a view to developing a regulatory framework to provide operational guidelines for submarine Cable and Pipeline Operators in Nigeria.
Officials of both organs of Government in Lagos reached this agreement at a pre Audit meeting on submarine cable regulation.
The Director General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who chaired the meeting, which also had the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Mr. Dasuki Arabi in attendance, noted that the Agency is committed to the Ease of Doing Business while implementing International Conventions which Nigeria has ratified and domesticated.
He noted that with Nigeria now a destination for global communication players, the time has come to prevent unregulated underwater cable laying, which might become hazardous to shipping.
According to him, “It is worthy to note that marine cable laying has been ongoing for over two decades in Nigerian waters.
“Our focus is to ensure the safety of navigation of shipping in Nigerian waters with all these underwater cables being laid.
“NIMASA is actually developing the guidelines to regulate submarine cable operators in line with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS; which we have ratified and NIMASA is the Agency of Government in Nigeria responsible for its implementation.
“Collaboration is a key component of ease of doing business in the best interest of the country and we will work closely with the NCC to achieve this”.
On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Efosa Idehen, noted that the stakeholders’ dialogue strategy adopted by NIMASA in developing the guidelines would ensure a win-win situation, urging NIMASA management to include the Ministry of Justice, a request NIMASA DG immediately granted.
Also speaking at the meeting was the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms Mr. Dasuki Arabi, who commended NIMASA and NCC for adopting effective Inter-Agency collaboration to avert a potential challenge for the country in the future.
NIMASA had notified submarine and cable operators in Nigeria of a soon-to-be-implemented regulatory guideline for submarine cables and pipelines in Nigeria, in line with the provisions of UNCLOS.
NIMASA and the NCC agreed to identify and resolve areas of likely regulatory overlaps, ensuring a regulatory framework based on consultation to engender the attainment of Nigeria’s digital economy transformation.
Officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and representatives of Submarine Cable operators in Nigeria were also at the meeting.
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