West Africa

West Africa including the Gulf of Guinea (In accordance with the UKHO Maritime Security chart Q6114) operates a Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA), administered by the Maritime DomaIn Awareness for Trade - Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG).

MDAT-GoG is a virtual reporting mechanism supporting the interregional architecture defined by the Yaounde code of conduct. All merchant vessels within the VRA are encouraged to report to it using the formats identified in Q6114. The key output from the MDAT-GoG is to contribute to maintain a coherent maritime situational awareness picture in the Central and Western African maritime space, with the ability to inform and support industry, contributing to the safety of the mariner.

Information displayed on this page is derived from a variety of sources, including MDAT-GoG, reporting maritime security events within the region.

General enquiries +33 (0)298 22 88 88


MDAT - GoG is aware of the ISPS Statement issued by Danish Coastguard regarding information security at the Centre in Accra, Ghana.

MDAT-GoG is working closely with the Danish Authorities to obtain additional information to support its on-going investigation. To this end, MDAT-GoG management is meeting with Danish authorities.

Information security is of the very highest importance to MDAT-GoG and any suggestion that the standards have not been maintained are investigated. Information security procedures and processes are in place and are the subject of an on-going review to ensure that high standards are upheld. Information handled by the MDAT-GoG Centre is unlikely to be sufficiently detailed to be used by pirates to plan and execute attacks.

Information security at the Centre has been reviewed and procedures have been found to be both comprehensive and observed.


Information on MDAT-GoG
(Including Emergency contact numbers, and Email)


See past and present reports for the current year.

Maritime Security Chart 'Q6114'

This chart is one of a series of new Maritime Security Charts that contains security related information to mariners for the geographical area of this chart.


Maritime Security Guidence

Industry Guidance

Provides Maritime Security guidance to the mariner operating in the Voluntary Reporting Area