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ECSA demands additional measures to fight pirates in Gulf of Guinea

Danish frigate Esbern Snare's firefight with assumed pirates in the Gulf of Guinea calls for sharpened focus on security in the area, says ECSA. According to Danish Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen, the attack on the warship came as a surprise.

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There is still a lot of concern among European shipowners regarding piracy in the Gulf of Guinea - particularly after the most recent incident, when assumed pirates attacked Danish frigate Esbern Snare, writes the European Community Shipowners' Association (ECSA) in a statement.

"The situation in the Gulf of Guinea has been a top priority for the European shipping industry in the past years. The number of piracy incidents and level of violence cause great concerns for commercial shipping and for the safety and security of seafarers sailing in the area," says ECSA President Claes Berglund, according to the statement.

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