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201 piracy, armed robbery on ships reported in 2018

UAE, May 30, 2019

A total of 201 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported in 2018, according to a report by the International Maritime Bureau.

The report stated some other alarming figures, as the violence against crew from January till December 2018, varied between 141 incidents of crew taken hostage, 83 kidnapped, 9 threatened, 8 injured, and 2 killed.
 
Therefore, the Ghanaian Navy will host over 10 chiefs of Navies from across Africa along with 250 international senior officials from Navies, Coast Guards and Marine Police at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (Imdec), taking place on July 24 and 25 in Accra, Ghana, to discuss and address how to secure the increasingly volatile marine and coastal waters in Africa as well as stabilising economic advancement and security on the crucial Gulf of Guinea.

Ghana’s vice president Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and chief of Naval Staff Rear Admiral Seth Amoama will inaugurate the event.
 
The latest chiefs of Naval Staff to confirm their attendance as guests and speakers at International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (Imdec) are Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, chief of Naval Staff, Nigeria Navy, Rear Admiral Koi Alexis Maomou, chief of Staff, Guinea Navy, Rear Admiral Momar Diagne, chief of Naval Staff, Senegal Navy, Captain Kossi Mayo, chief of Staff, Togo Navy.  
 
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy, said: “The Ghana Navy celebrates the 60th Anniversary this year under the theme Celebrating 60 years of Naval Excellence: Securing the Maritime Domain for National Development.”

“As part of activities to commemorate the occasion, we are in partnership with Great Minds Events Management to organise the event,” he said.
 
Rear Admiral Seth Amoama continued: “I look forward to welcoming visitors to Accra as we are inviting all maritime stakeholders both local and international as well as chiefs of the navy’s sub- region and also from other international countries to come and discuss principle issues facing the maritime security of Africa and in particular the Gulf of Guinea.”
 
“At the conference we will explore modern technical innovations that will aid in curbing the illegal unregulated, unreported fishing dominating our maritime domain. We look forward to a rich conversation on information sharing and capacity building. We will also talk about cyber and electronic warfare. In addition, participants and attendees have the opportunity to visit the stands and exhibitions put in place by major defence and maritime industry to showcase modern and advanced technology in maritime severance defence command and control and a whole lot of technology to be displayed during this conference,” he added.
 
The latest report released by Ocean Beyond Piracy (OBP) showed that the economic cost of piracy to West Africa has been on the increase in the last three years, reaching over $818.1 million in 2017, while about $213.7 million was spent to contract maritime security personnel protecting vessels in the region.

It revealed that regional spending on law enforcement and naval patrols increased by $13.2 million in the year. – TradeArabia News Service




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