PhD (Maritime Security), University of Greenwich
Before working as a journalist for several years, I served as an officer in the German Navy and I am still a member of the naval reserves. During my PhD at the University of Greenwich in London, I have conducted research on maritime security issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Topics include developments in the maritime environment, for example the evolution of private maritime security companies, the role of ports and maritime trade as well as offshore oil and gas exploration and problems caused by illegal fishing. I continue to work in that area and have been an advisor for the 'State of Maritime Piracy 2016' report, published by Oceans Beyond Piracy.
Feb 04, 2020 12:40 pm UTC| Insights & Views
Different reports have recently highlighted security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea. One was published by the International Maritime Bureau, another by the French Navys Mica centre and another by the US Maritime...
The Bonita had been anchored off Benin for several days, waiting for a berth in the port of Cotonou. On November 2, 2019 the crew had a traumatic awakening. Armed men boarded the vessel and kidnapped nine crew members....