Everything You Need to Know About Sea Conditions in The Gulf of Guinea
The Gulf of Guinea is delimited by the International Hydrographic Organization between Cape Lopez, Gabon and Cape Palmas, Liberia.
The climate pattern in the region is driven by the seasonal variation of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) or doldrums, as frequently named by mariners.
Why is the region essential for the offshore industry?
The Gulf of Guinea is an important region for both shipping and offshore. It is a crucial transit point for transporting oil extracted from the Niger delta and also taking goods to and from central and southern Africa.
Since the discovery of oil in the area, it has made the area an internationally important part of the energy sector.
Why is it vital to understand sea conditions?
Accurate and precise weather forecasts are a necessity in most offshore operations to reduce costs, mitigate or avoid delays and improve safety.
When operational limits are marginal, understanding the sea conditions through accurate forecasts are essential (and often required by insurers). Short to medium term forecasts (5-7 days) help with day to day running, ensuring operational limits and the safety of personnel/equipment are within bounds. Further Outlook Forecasts (15 days) give project managers, stakeholders, and decision-makers a better idea of upcoming weather events and help them mitigate potential delays.
Understanding sea conditions in the Gulf of Guinea
To help offshore companies understand the specific weather conditions in key regions around the world, we've created The Offshore Sea Conditions Guides. It's our six-part series, explaining the key characteristics of sea conditions around the world. Each edition explores how specific conditions affect offshore operations, and what you can do to minimize the impact of these conditions on your next project.
The Gulf of Guinea guide includes insight on key weather phenomenon in the region, including
- Intertropical Convergence Zone – Squalls, Thunderstorms and Weather Pattern
- Harmattan Winds – Dry conditions but dangerous for harbor and offshore operations
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