2016 witnessed a marked increase in maritime security incidents over the previous year, irrespective of the counting standards. Denmark-based Risk Intelligence counted 119 verified attacks by criminals on all kinds of vessels in West Africa (Senegal to Angola) – compared with 82 in 2015. The vast majority of attacks in 2016 were perpetrated by Nigerian criminals, including all of the 84 that were concentrated in and around Nigerian waters.
President Mummadu Buhari will later this month on April 20 meet a body of African Maritime leaders under the aegis of Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA) from across the continent to brainstorm on ways in which Africa can come together to maximize the economic opportunities of the continent’s large ocean.
Oil jumped as the U.S. cruise missile attack against Syria roiled global financial markets.
Futures in New York and London surged more than 2 percent to the highest in a month. The strike early Friday morning targeted hangars, planes and fuel tanks at one Syrian military airfield, according to a U.S. official. Syria borders Iraq, OPEC’s second-biggest crude producer. The news rippled across financial markets, with the yen and gold advancing as stocks declined.