Piracy and maritime security

June 2014 News

In the last few years, piracy has seen a sharp increase offshore West Africa. Last summer West African leaders took the step of calling for the deployment of an international naval force to curb the growing threat of piracy off the Gulf of Guinea, but it appears that the situation may have already reached a tipping point, as piracy has spread further south to Angola in recent months.

Although there have been attacks in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea and Togo amongst others, to date most attacks in the region have taken place in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region. The latest occurrence of piracy in Angola, Africa’s second biggest oil producers, heralds in a new era of acute maritime security concerns for the oil & gas industry across West Africa.

Join the West Africa Oil & Gas Security Summit to stay abreast of the constantly evolving and transforming nature of piracy attack. The West Africa Oil & Gas Security Summit will address a number of maritime security issues, including sessions which highlight Proactive defensive measures against underwater sabotage of rigs and a discussion on techniques for mitigating the impact of oil and gas theft from underwater pipelines.

The task of selecting the most effective security systems for offshore installations will also be debated in a highly topical panel discussion, which is to be chaired by an offshore security specialist from Chevron Nigeria. It will have a mixture of oil company security experts and leading service providers as the panellists, and will provide the perfect opportunity for those purchasing the services to highlight the benefits and drawbacks of the tools available to aid them in the task of securing offshore infrastructure.

More information can be found on the website www.waoilgassecurity.com

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