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01-04-2012, 07:20 AM
I get these articles for gCaptain. It's a pretty good website about marine related news. They send out an email daily with summaries of the latest articles.


Stan Ayscue from Securewest International (http://www.securewest.com/) spoke at a recent conference for maritime security experts in Washington, DC:

“You’re looking at militants spraying the wheelhouse with machine gun fire before they even get on board. Once they are on board, beating crews with rifle butts, being whipped with electrical cables, and stabbed and shot quite openly.”
The threat of piracy and violence in the Gulf of Guinea continues to grow, check out this recent video…

Follow the link for the video. I have a hard time with embedding videos for some reason.


The video mentions Ghana, and shows a yellow helicopter landing on an oilrig (or drill ship). That's the job I'm hoping to get next. Thought it would be safer. ;)

Paul Pless
01-04-2012, 07:24 AM
The video mentions Ghana, and shows a yellow helicopter landing on an oilrig (or drill ship). That's the job I'm hoping to get next. Thought it would be safer. ;)

Do you show these videos to your wife?

01-04-2012, 08:49 AM
Brian, weren't the waters of Equitorial Guinea opened up for oil exploration in the last ten years? I recall something about the revenues on Sao Tome going up multiples from the rights to drill alone.


Sao Tome and Principe, once a leading cocoa producer, is poised to profit from the commercial exploitation of large offshore reserves of oil.

01-04-2012, 09:51 AM
Brian, where would the copters be based?

Imagine if fuel prices doubled here.


Protesters furious over spiralling petrol prices started fires on a motorway and at least one person was killed in the unrest after Nigeria's government scrapped a subsidy that had kept fuel costs down for more than 20 years.

One union leader described the government's hugely unpopular move as "immoral and politically suicidal" and urged Nigerians to resist "with everything they have". But yesterday's protest showed that, once unleashed, the pent-up anger of the masses could be hard to curtail.

Yesterday the rapidly growing group of Lagos protesters were going from petrol station to station, telling owners not to sell fuel at the increased prices of about £2.24 a gallon (60p a litre).

That is more than double what consumers paid only days ago for the fuel desperately needed to power the generators that keep many businesses running in Nigeria, where the national electricity supply can be described as sporadic at best.

01-04-2012, 09:58 AM
In Ghana. Suppose to be a very nice country these days.

01-04-2012, 10:32 AM
ok, more photos !!!

01-04-2012, 10:36 AM
ok, more photos !!!

Exactly. Someplace new, and able to get out and mix with the people. That would be the best thing.

Phillip Allen
01-04-2012, 10:47 AM
arm the merchants ships... do like was done back in the day... the blue haired old lady approach (practiced by several here in the bilge) has only opened the door for more of the thugs

Thank-you-blue-haired-bilge-rats for your superior intellect!!!