Last year it was revealed that pirate activity on Africa’s east coast along Somalia has been surpassed by attacks on the far western coast of the continent. 2014 seems set to cement this, as the first attempted pirate attack of the year took place off the coast of Gabon. According to the International Marine Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Center, several pirates tried to board a gas carrier roughly 100 kilometres away from Corisco Island, off the country’s coast. But the crew sounded an alarm and the pirates escaped the scene. Pirate activity jumped sharply in the region during 2013, including numerous kidnappings. Some experts warn that piracy might double in the region, particularly the Gulf of Guinea, if more isn’t done.