Hintergründe, Gefahren und mögliche Gegenmaßnahmen
Kapitel 8: Herausforderungen und Perspektiven für die Maritime Sicherheit im Golf von Guinea
Editorial abstract: In this in-depth account and assessment by Dirk Steffen, a maritime security analyst with substantial regional experience in the Gulf of Guinea, the differing operational characteristics of West African piracy and related maritime crimes – namely oil-theft – are explored in detail and very enlightening case-studies. Furthermore, in looking into the often neglected occurrence of kidnap-cases for ransom, the differences to the „Somali business model“ are made clear and the reader gets a good impression of risks, average ranges of ransoms and the criminal networks behind the assaults. Highlighting the intensive political interconnection with organised crime in West Africa – with Nigeria as the pivot of insecurity in the region – this contribution provides a wealth of detailed knowledge. As seemingly legitimate business partners in the region pose a significant risk for leaking inside information about ships and cargo to criminal networks, shipping companies and crews operating in the region find advice here about where to get trustworthy information and which strategies of (self-) protection promise success – and which do not. In appealing to shipping operators and political decision-makers alike, this article offers a broad range of information which to this extent – especially in providing a direct comparison of the quality of IMB data with other (private) sources – has not been otherwise available to a broad audience.
„Das maritime Sicherheitsproblem im Golf von Guinea, da muss man nicht um den heißen Brei herumreden, heißt Nigeria.“ Dieses sowohl knappe als auch zutreffende Fazit f...
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