WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp 313–349 | Cite as

A study of the role of seafarers in combating piracy off the coast of Nigeria

Article

Abstract

Piracy off the coast of Nigeria portends grave danger to the economic, security, and sociopolitical development of the country. It also threatens both international and regional trade as well as the stability of the West African sub-region. Despite Nigerian government’s attempts to curb piracy caused by poverty, unemployment, including corrupt and weak maritime regulatory and security institutions, attacks by pirates have continued to occur off the country’s coast. Consequent upon the adverse effects of piratical attacks on their day to day activities, seafarers can facilitate the suppression of piracy off the Nigerian coast. This paper uses statistics, provisions of international instruments and domestic legislations, the United Nations Security Council resolutions, soft laws, and opinions of researchers to examine the nature, causes, and effects of piracy on seafarers in Nigeria. The author argues that seafarers are necessary partners to curb piracy off the coast of Nigeria through enforcing maritime security conventions and other related instruments as well as testifying against pirates during trials. In conclusion, this paper contends that acts of piracy adversely affect crew members’ life, health, family, job, and finance thereby providing an overwhelming motivation for seafarers to play a role in suppressing piracy off the Nigerian coast.

Keywords

Seafarers Piracy UNCLOS MLC 2006 (as amended) Nigerian coast Petroleum industry 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Maritime Transportation ScienceKorea Maritime and Ocean UniversityBusanSouth Korea

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