Top diplomat wants network of ships in the Gulf of Guinea to fight piracy

Top diplomat Jens-Otto Horslund has been tasked with gathering more countries for a military effort in the piracy-plagued Gulf of Guinea. A network of ships could be ready by the fall, he tells ShippingWatch.

Jens-Otto Horslund, special representative for maritime security. | Photo: Foto: Udenrigsministeriet

Pirates attack international commercial vessels several times a week in the waters in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa.

Since the turn of the year, pirate gangs have attempted to hijack 12 commercial vessels, of which they were able to board six, shows a survey by the international security firm Dryad Global.

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