Shipowners: Retirement of top pirate may be part positive development

That the notorious pirate leader “Big Mouth” has chosen to stop his career and has convinced a number of colleagues to do the same may be an expression of a general disorganisation of Somali pirates, Deputy Director General in the Danish Shipowners’ Association, Jan Fritz Hansen, thinks.

The announced retirement of the feared Somali pirate leader “Big Mouth” and his statement that he has convinced a number of his cronies to do the same are good news and may be the expression of a trend, states Jan Fritz Hansen, Deputy Director General of the Danish Shipowners’ Association, in an interview with ShippingWatch.

“Hopefully, this is a part of an improvement in the situation. We now see that we have slowly gained the upper hand in the region, at least at sea, where we have seen fewer and fewer hijacking attempts and pirates taking fewer and fewer hostages even though they still hold some”, says Jan Fritz Hansen, who is also the chairman of the European shipowners’ anti-piracy committee.

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