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Shipowners: West Africa may be too bloody for armed guards

The piracy in West Africa has a bloodier, more violent character than what shipowners might be used to from Somalia, which means that armed guards may not be the right strategy to fight piracy in the region, says the Danish Shipowners' Association.

Piracy has moved West, meaning that the Gulf of Guinea is now the region where shipowners and crews risk losing cargos, life, and limbs if their ship becomes the object of the pirates' affection. As a result, the Danish Maritime Officers union is now calling for increased protection of mariners on board the ships, just as the shipowners' association estimated in March that the region calls for anti-piracy efforts. But there's no guarantee that the measures employed in fighting piracy in Somalia are sufficient in this region.

"We're very uncertain about whether armed guards is the right solution for West Africa," says Jan Fritz Hansen, vice president of the Danish Shipowners' Association, adding:

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