DRILLBITS
Monthly eNewsletter from the IADC

International Maritime Bureau – Crew Kidnappings in Seas off West Africa

Violent attacks against ships and their crews have risen in 2020, with 77 seafarers taken hostage or kidnapped for ransom since January according to the IMB’s latest piracy report. The Gulf of Guinea off West Africa is increasingly dangerous for commercial shipping, accounting for just over 90% of maritime kidnappings worldwide.