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Maersk calls for increased military protection in piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea

Maersk now calls on authorities to launch an "effective military capacity" in the Gulf of Guinea to increase safety for vessels and crews, Maersk's head of safety tells ShippingWatch on the heels of two piracy attacks on Maersk vessels in less than a month.

Photo: Tim Chong/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The world's biggest container shipping line, Maersk, now says that security for vessels and crews in the Gulf of Guinea off the western coast of Africa is so poor that it may be life-threatening to sail in the pirate-plagued waters.

Maersk therefore proposes a two-fold effort in the Gulf of Guinea to combat the growing number of assaults, armed robberies and kidnappings.

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