Suez agent: Shipowners' pirate security is intact

Suez agent Leth Transit, which changes 450 guards every month, does not see a lack of security on board the ships. But the situation is complicated by the fact that several countries have restrictions for weapons and guards.

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Jacob Guldager, CEO of Leth Suez Transit in Copenhagen, does not recognize the picture of shipping companies, in spite of the tight economy, having slacked on security measures on board ships sailing in piracy waters, especially in the Gulf of Aden.

"In our book, all the ships sailing in the critical areas are carrying weapons and guards on board. And in our case, we are currently changing 450 maritime guards every month, and that's just for a 150 ships," says Jacob Guldager, who stresses that he has no comments on or knowledge about the Torm Kristina situation, which experienced an attempted hijacking on Saturday, off the coast of Oman.

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