Nigerian Piracy Problem Escalates
Attacks by pirates in the east African portion of the Atlantic Ocean have escalated. The aim of the Nigerian pirates as opposed to Somali and south Asian pirates is the seizure of the vessel. The pirates seem to be interested in nothing but the capturing of the ship and kidnapping of the crew with the intent to either kill them or trade them for cash. The European consul of naval safety predicts that unless escorts are sent, the problem will only increase. Please note: these attacks go unreported by the press.