Shipowners: Necessary to fight piracy off West Africa

The Danish Shipowners' Association wants increased security for commercial ships in the waters off West Africa following an increase in the number of pirate attacks. The plan is to do it through a collaboration between France, the EU, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It has become more dangerous to sail off the coast of West Africa, which means there is a need to increase the security for both Danish and foreign commercial ships, says the Danish Shipowners' Association in light of the recent hijackings and attempted hijackings in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa.

"As an industry, we've stabilized the situation in East Africa through a broad sided effort. Now we want to clarify to the French authorities, and others, that we're also ready to make an effort on the other side of the continent, in order to prevent and fight piracy", says jan Fritz Hansen, vice president of the Danish Shipowners' Association and chairman of the EU piracy committee.

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