Kidnappings of Merchant Sailors Surge in the Gulf of Guinea | gCaptain ⚓ Maritime & Offshore News

July 15 (Bloomberg) — Kidnappings of sailors on merchant ships in waters off Nigeria and nearby countries surged in the first half as pirates attacked a broader range of vessels and sought targets farther out at sea.

Pirates operating in the Gulf of Guinea kidnapped 30 crew in the period, compared with three seized worldwide in the first six months of 2012, the International Maritime Bureau, a London- based group tracking sea crime, said in a report today. Attackers previously tended to seek out ships involved in the regional oil industry , but are now targeting container ships and other merchant vessels, it said.

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