The United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Plan

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

Ongoing activity
  • The United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan, released June 2014, states as its paramount goal to safeguard U.S. citizens and U.S. interests, including protecting the lawful flow of commerce in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • U.S. departments and agencies will work with public-facing elements of the United States Government, such as the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Transportation, to provide timely threat assessments and warnings for U.S. citizens and companies traveling through or working in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • The Department of State will continue to track the regional States’ procedures or restrictions for the use of PCASP in order to be able to provide current information for U.S. shipping interests.
  • The U.S. further states its intention to continue to engage the shipping industry to provide input, follow best management practices, and require U.S. flagged vessels to implement effective measures to protect against pirates and armed robbers operating at sea.

Plight of Seafarers

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Messaging and Advocacy

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Regional Capacity

Ongoing activity
  • The United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan, released June 2014, includes a framework for combating piracy and enhancing maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea
  • The U.S. trains, equips, and conducts exercises and operations with African maritime forces through programs like Africa Partnership Station, which is conducted cooperatively with international partners. Further, the U.S. intends to expand its combined operations with African partners
  • The United States will support efforts by Nigeria to enforce land-based security in the Niger Delta and reduce strongholds for maritime criminals.
  • The United States will support and empower key reformers and institutions of government at all levels to promote the rule of law; strengthen checks on executive power; incorporate responsive governance practices; enhance transparent accounting of oil-related sales; transfers, and investments; develop policies to strengthen maritime security; and improve decision-making processes at national and local levels, including specific maritime, commercial, regulatory, and/or criminal justice institutions.

Rule of Law

Ongoing activity
  • The United States Counter Piracy and Maritime Security Action Plan, states the U.S. intention to strengthen the judicial sector and the broad array of civil and criminal justice-related activities required to support rule of law and compliance in the maritime domain.
  • Where appropriate, the United States Government will help their African partners build their capacity to investigate and prosecute cases effectively. Two potential focus areas are the States’ ability to collect forensics evidence from the ships after an attack, and coordination among law enforcement, navies, and prosecutors.

Coordination

Ongoing activity
  • The United States continues to support ECCAS and ECOWAS in their effort to develop regional frameworks for maritime cooperation, including its support in drafting the signed ECCAS-ECOWAS Memorandum of Understanding and a Code of Conduct for Central and West Africa.
  • The United States Government will encourage and support the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Center – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GOG) in Accra, Ghana.
  • Established in 2013, and as an outcome of the U.S.-hosted November 2012 G-8++ Africa Clearinghouse, the G-8++ Friends of Gulf of Guinea (FOGG) serves as the primary international coordination body on GOG maritime security.
  • Working in coordination with France, the United Kingdom and others to develop the G-7++/FoGG maritime capacity building platform to help coordinate international activities in the region.