We investigated various options for mitigating the problem of piracy’s future development in the Gulf of Guinea. This study is incomplete unless the major player, the seafarer, is included. As a result, this analysis focuses on how mariners must adjust to the exponential rise of pirate operations.
Despite advancements in maritime communications, the captain remains a solitary leader. His or her position demands rapid judgments in a wide range of scenarios. If the circumstance allows, he can seek to make a phone call, but once the call ends, he is once again solitary.
A pirate assault is a fast-paced event that puts a captain’s ability and reaction to the test. This attitude should not just apply to sailors but also the ships. The assault rate of pirates inside the Gulf of Guinea is quite considerable. Some variables are tied to a mix of pirate operational abilities and a lack of military reactions. Still, it is clear that few of the causes are due to a lack of awareness of the traits and modes of action of West African hijackers.
Some of the characteristics include using a fiberglass speed boat that is eight to ten meters in length, generally has colorful flags, is powered by two outboard motors, has more than six men on board, and is equipped with an AK 47. Those West African pirates often operate in tandem.