From the 2014 Chairman - Martin Fuller


Make sure your security strategy protects against shifting tactics, a snowballing number of incidents and increasing levels of violence.

The constantly shifting nature of piracy and maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea makes it critical to stay ahead of the trends in order to be able to effectively protect your assets, including personnel, operations, reputation and investments.

The 4th Annual Combating Piracy: West African Maritime Security conference tackle the spiralling threat you face when operating in this region. You will gain access to region-specific intelligence on how to effectively protect your assets from constantly evolving threats.

The focus is on addressing the critical need for increased industry cooperation and coordination through best practice sharing. Update your security strategy based on vital intelligence updates on progress being made at an international and regional level and where the gaps remain. Identify the support that is available and how you can take steps to reduce your vulnerabilities.

You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how the threat you face is evolving and the immediate and long-term measures you can put in place to mitigate these.

Highlights from the 2014 meeting will include:

  • Rear Admiral, Chief of Ghanian Naval Staff, Geoffrey Biekro, Affirms the Ghanaian Naval Commitment to Tackling Maritime Crime 
  • Ensuring effective community engagement, by understanding why do community engagement programmes fail? Discussion led by Noble Denton
  • Assessment of existing counter security measures, are they enough? Panel discussion contributors include; Technip & Shell 
  • Understand what is new in risk assessment, assessing different levels of risk and how to face them, insight led from Claudio Moruzzi, Risk Specialist
  • Answering whether evolving security threats will ever effect investment into West Africa? Transocean share their latest insight


Expert Speakers Include:

  • Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli BiekroChief of Naval Staff Ghanaian Navy

  • Nigel HopeChief Security Officer Technip

  • Usman AbdullahiHead of Maritime Security Chevron

  • Phillip HeylAir and Maritime Branch with the US Africa Command Africom