Security alert – coup attempt in Guinea
Following reports of an attempted military coup in Guinea, shipowners and operators are advised to exercise caution if their vessels are calling at any port in the country. The outcome of the coup currently remains somewhat unclear.
Current situation in Guinea
Our local correspondent, Budd Guinea, has provided the below update on the ongoing political situation in Guinea.
After shooting was heard in the vicinity of the presidential palace in Conakry, Guinea’s Special Forces announced on social media that they had captured the country’s President and were taking control of the country. This was followed by a statement from the Ministry of Defense indicating that the coup had failed.
As of now the situation is very unclear. However, our correspondents suggest that vessels currently in the port of Conakry may not be in immediate danger. Delays in cargo operations can, nevertheless, be expected. So far, no disruptions have been reported in the port of Kamsar. Crew changes in all ports are suspended for the time being.
General security risks in Guinea
According to Risk Intelligence, security threats such as cargo theft, smuggling, stowaways, activism, piracy, insurgency and military operations are still high in Guinea. Given the current political situation, these security risks are likely to remain.
The situation remains fluid and we advise shipowners and operators to stay in close contact with local agents to obtain the most up to date and reliable information prior to calling ports in Guinea. Crew members should be made aware of the local situation and take the necessary protective measures in accordance with the vessel’s Ship Security Plan (SSP).
Gard will update this information as and when we receive further updates from our local correspondents.
Source: GARD (https://www.gard.no/web/updates/content/32288490/security-alert-coup-attempt-in-guinea)