On Tuesday, December 10, the Norwegian Marine Authority announced the release of nine Filipino seamen kidnapped from a Norwegian-owned cargo ship on Saturday, November 2, at about 16 km (9 mi) from Port Cotonou. The context and the location related to their release remain unknown as of Wednesday, December 11.
Similar piracy incidents are possible in the region over the near term.
There is a high risk of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. According to a report released in July by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), 92 percent of hostage-takings too place in the Gulf of Guinea between January and June 2019.
Maritime travel through the Gulf of Guinea is advised against due to the threat of piracy.