Danger zone: Chasing West Africa’s pirates
Take a boat ride out from the Nigerian port of Lagos and it is easy to see why piracy, sea robbery and other forms of maritime crime are such a problem.
The ocean is swarming with cargo ships, oil tankers, barges and other vessels waiting for permission to enter the overcrowded port.
Great hulks of rusting metal, anchored and sitting low in the water, almost as if they are inviting pirates to sling their ladders over the side and clamber up on board.
„It was 14 August 2014,“ says Nigerian navigation officer Rotimi George.
„At around 2am I heard banging on my cabin door: Boom, boom, boom, boom. ‚Pirate attack, pirate attack‘. They seized the captain, who was Russian, and the Ukrainian chief officer.“ … read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30024009#