Shipowners: Pirates moving to fringe areas

The Danish Shipowners' Association's Piracy Committee has called for a meeting at the beginning of the new year, in light of this weekend's attempted hijacking, in which the pirates seem to be using new methods. Among other things, the pirates have now started to operate in fringe areas, where they do not usually appear, says Jan Fritz Hansen of the Danish Shipowners' Association.

The Danish Shipowners' Association's Piracy Committee has been concerned for a long time about what new measures the pirates would resort to when the new industry initiatives, such as guidelines for armed guards, would start to pay off, and in light of the military presence starting to work.

In the past six months, these initatives have served to disrupt the work of the pirates, but with the attack on the tanker Torm Kristina this weekend, it became clear that the pirates had found new approaches, says Jan Fritz Hansen, vice president of the Danish Shipowners' Association and chairman of the European shipowners' anti-piracy committee.

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