Navigate Response welcomes two new partners to its global crisis communications network to strengthen coverage in the key maritime hotspots of West Africa and the Mediterranean. Continuing pirate activity in West Africa has repeatedly drawn international media attention and presented signification local changes for shipping companies. To further strengthen the support available to our clients, Navigate Response is proud to have partnered with Caritas Communications led by Adedayo Ojo. With offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana, Caritas is a leading Africa-focused reputation management and communications agency. Caritas specialises in crisis management, having developed emergency response procedures for leading brands including the Nigerian affiliates of Total and ExxonMobil, and leading indigenous players such as MainOne and Honeywell Group. Their cross-sector experience includes maritime, oil and gas, and aviation. Joining the network, Adedayo Ojo said: "This is a great opportunity for us, and for Navigate Response. West Africa – and especially the Gulf of Guinea – has seen more than its fair share of maritime incidents in recent years, not least with the rise in offshore piracy. "Caritas can assist Navigate's clients who may be dealing with West Africa's fragmented and often government influenced media to help ensure accuracy and to protect the client's licence to operate within the region." In Italy, recent media interest in the maritime industry has been largely driven by the ongoing Mediterranean refugee crisis and the bankruptcies of established maritime brands. Italy's complex media and political landscape, which is often driven by close personal relationships, presents significant difficulties for outsiders. Navigate Response is delighted to be working with Riccardo Masnata, who brings more than 20 years' experience as a public relations advisor and journalist in the maritime sector. Riccardo Masnata and his team have worked for leading Italian and international brands including MSC Cruises, APM Terminals, Blu Navy, Genoa Oil Terminal, USCLAC (Italian shipmasters' association), British Gas, CRN (Ferretti Group) and Archimede Maritime Training Network. Joining the Navigate Response global network, Riccardo said: "I am delighted to be part of Navigate's global network. I believe partnership is paramount in any crisis, when maritime stakeholders and media relations need to be managed. The initial response is critical and both the cultural and communications terrain requires careful regional navigation." Welcoming Adedayo Ojo and Riccardo Masnata, Chief Operations Officer at Navigate Response, Dustin Eno said: "We are delighted to bring two more communications specialists into our global response network. Their teams add both crisis management expertise and vital knowledge of regional media landscapes. "Our network of 42 offices in 28 countries provides our clients with unrivalled access to local experts backed up by the global experience necessary to respond effectively to any maritime incident."