Gulf of Guinea – the most dangerous environment for commercial maritime operations in the world
Annually* 130-140 persons have been kidnapped
- 136 seafarers were abducted in 27 incidents
- Overall, 132 incidents that included robbery, kidnapping, violent armed boarding and hijack were reported
- Use of guns reported in over 80% of kidnapping incidents
Maritime Security Solutions in Gulf of Guinea
Arranging the same, can be challenging and costly. ESC has the capability and experience to provide the security service in partnership with directly vetted and government licensed local cooperation partners in the following GoG countries:
On board security teams with the following options:
- 4 local navy guards
- 4 local navy guards + Togolese liaison officer
- 4 local navy guards + EU liaison officer
- 4 local navy guards + 2 liaison officers (1 EU, 1 Togolese)
Designated escort boat in anchorage / OPL
The designated escort boat will stay in close vicinity of your vessel with the sole purpose of protecting and guarding that specific vessel. The vessel will have 24/7 communication with the escort boat.
Shared patrol services (at least 4 patrols per 24h)
Designated escort vessel, meeting the merchant vessel 30-120NM out of the port
Armed vessel will sail out and meet the merchant vessel at the designated RV point, respectively 30-120 NM out of the port limits. The patrol boat will escort the vessel directly into the port or if need arises, protect the vessel until berthing.
"Border to Border" escort services
Escort vessel will protect / escort the Merchant vessel within the territorial waters of the specified country. The service can also be provided outside of the territorial waters, given that the armed escort vessel does not have to enter any territorial waters in-between the specified escort route.
Stow away searches
Stow away searches are conducted by specialised teams along with a trained search dog. Depending on the country, the search teams are either private company guards or from the Navy (contraband unit). The search will take around 3-4 hours after which the same team will keep an additional stow away watch until the vessel leaves from berth.
The search teams are combined of 4-5 guards / Navy officers. The service, in most cases, can be provided within 48 HRS notice.
* based on statistics between 2018-2020
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