After a period of declining piracy incidents, a new spate of hijackings have taken place off the coast of Somalia. A recent report from the NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) found that piracy is spreading and evolving. Beyond the HRA, attacks surged off the West Coast of Africa with 95 incidents in 2016, up from 54 in 2015. The majority took place in Nigerian waters. "What looked like one-off attacks on vessels is now looking more like a concerted and organized effort to attack shipping," says Alan Cole, head of Global Maritime Crime at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Some vessels have been cutting corners, and worse still, according to Chris Farrell, group commercial director of private security group Neptune Maritime Security such vessels often have "low freeboard, no armed guards, no razor wire and no deterrent."
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