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Shipowners call for EU action against piracy in West Africa

European shipowners in association ECSA want EU member states to act after a report shows an escalation of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea.

A soldier patrols near the Port of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast by the Gulf of Guinea.. | Photo: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The European Community Shipowners' Association, ECSA, is worried about an escalation of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa, and the association now calls on the EU to act.

The call for EU action comes after new numbers from the International Maritime Bureau, IMB, showed that the region accounted for 86 percent of all kidnappings of seafarers in the first nine months of 2019.

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