New security guidance for ships operating off West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea

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Industry organisations BIMCO, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, ICS and OCIMF supported by government and military organisations, have worked together to produce a new publication that will help mariners detect, deter and delay external threats to their safety. Best Management Practices to Enhance Maritime Security for Vessels & Mariners Operating Off the Coast of West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea (BMP WA) consolidates and enhances existing guidance for specific threats in this region.

The publication is free to download from, which also includes links to other maritime security information useful to mariners. Printed copies of the publication will be available later in the year.

Industry organisations welcomed the publication, “Due to the regrettable lack of efficient law enforcement especially in Eastern Gulf of Guinea, this consolidated antipiracy guidance is a must-read for seafarers operating within reach of Nigerian pirates” said Angus Frew, Secretary General & CEO, BIMCO.

“It is unacceptable that pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea continue to threaten the lives of our seafarers, especially at a time when we are also having to fend off the threat from COVID-19. This publication shows the shipping industry’s firm commitment to the safety and welfare of the men and women who move world trade, and ending the blight of piracy in the region once and for all,” said Guy Platten, Secretary General, ICS

Similar sentiments were expressed by Dr Kostas G. Gkonis, Secretary General, INTERCARGO, Katharina Stanzel, Managing Director, INTERTANKO and Rob Drysdale, Director, OCIMF.


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