Gulf of Guinea accounts for more than 90% of crew kidnappings
Global piracy incidents fell last year but seafarers using the Gulf of Guinea suffered more threats and violence. All four vessel hijackings and 10 of the 11 shootings against vessels in 2019 took place in the region, with kidnappings increasing by over 50%
There were 121 seafarer kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea in 2019, which is an increase of more than 50% compared with 2018
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