Piracy Hotspot in the Gulf of Guinea

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea (Nigeria) has been a problem that the oil industry operating in the area has been facing. Pirates in the Gulf of Guinea are more ruthless than their counterparts in the Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Malacca (the two other main piracy hotspots), as Nigerian pirates claim to be committing these acts of piracy for the betterment of their people. Due to a corrupts government system, the relationship between the oil industry and the government has tarnished the environmental well being of the Niger Delta. Because of this, Nigerian Pirates operate on a basis of gaining reprimands from the government to the people of the Niger Delta. Pirate attacks often harm the safety of the mariner by injuring and killing them. Nigerian pirates tend to target vessels that are employed by the oil industry to disrupt the oil supply, however attack other vessels as well. Attacks against fishing vessels are very common, however go often times unreported. Because of this, an accurate number of attacks can not be acquired, making it extremely difficult to compare against other piracy hotspots. Most Nigerian pirates have shifted their end goal to the bunkering of crude oil. Bunkering is the theft of stealing oil, in order to sell it illegally on the black market. They do this to turn a large profit, while harming the Nigerian oil industry.