14 Jun Dryad Global report shows maritime crime decrease in West Africa
Dryad Global published its Annual Report 2022/2023, which demonstrates that war risk, illegal territorial expansion, cybercrime and global health issues all significantly challenged the maritime industry throughout 2022 and into 2023.
The report found that incidents of piracy and maritime crime continued to decline in the waters of Nigeria and the wider Gulf of Guinea.
131 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships were reported to the Organization as having occurred or been attempted in 2022. In 2021, 172 incidents were reported, whereas the number was 229 incidents in 2020. This constitutes a decrease of 24% at the global level compared to last year, and the lowest number of reported incidents at the global level since 1995.
The lowered result of piracy and maritime crime has been attributed to international and regional collaborations likely playing a significant role, as governments and organizations have worked closely together to combat piracy.
Joint naval patrols, shared operations, coordinated responses, intelligence sharing and more have all contributed to an increased law enforcement presence.
Additionally, counter-piracy legislation and prosecution were strengthened by the inclusion of specialized courts and revised maritime law throughout 2022 and 2023.
The full report logs the entirety of maritime happenings across Asia and Africa. Find out more from Dryad Global: https://www.dryadglobal.com/