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www.maritimeprofessional.com Maritime Professional 11 pounded the focus of attention on
Africa’s eastern coast. In many ways offshore activity on the west coast of
Africa provides a contrast.
Superficially it appears that the impacts from physical, operational, reputational and financial risk perspectives are high- er in the Indian Ocean than of that in the Gulf of Guinea. While that may be true in terms of the likelihood of attacks occurring, it does not change the potential impact of attacks in the
Gulf of Guinea. A successful hijacking will remain a major incident with severe consequences, regardless of the likelihood of it occurring.
There is a serious threat posed to the offshore environment on both flanks of
Africa. While there is considerable media attention on Somali pirate activ- ity in the Indian Ocean, in many ways because of the considerable ransoms received, there remains a significant threat posed to vessels in the Gulf of
Guinea. Ultimately, both are a reflec- tion of onshore political dynamics, and consequently, a solution cannot be sought in the maritime environment alone. www.watermanlive.com
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