Piracy is continuing to pose dangers to seafarers onboard ships in the Gulf of Guinea and the shipping industry is urging the authorities to take immediate action to stamp out the threat.

Petro-piracy is emerging once again as a significant threat in West African waters, with the Gulf of Guinea at the epicentre, delegates at the 10th Chemical & Products Tanker Conference were told in London earlier this week.

The separatist Abu Sayaaf Group (ASG) has returned to kidnapping crew from vessels in the Sulu – Celebes Sea with two successful attacks in recent months.

Although there have been no attacks on shipping in the southern Philippines to kidnap crew since April 2017 anti-piracy body ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre says the situation in the Sulu - Celebes Sea area remains a cause for concern.

Philippines gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo vessel in the south of the country killed one crew member and kidnapping seven on Sunday evening.

Concerns are rising as rebels in the southern Philippines targeting commercial shipping have taken to trying attack large vessels.