West Africa a greater threat to seafarers than Somalia

The pirates off West Africa are targeting the cargo, showing little interest in taking hostages. This means that they could pose an even greater threat to seafarers than off the coast of Somalia, says Lars Bangert Struwe, researcher and Ph.d. at the Centre for Military Studies.

That pirates off the coast of West Africa are only interested in the ships' cargo, and aren't targeting people as potential hostages, doesn't necessarily mean that the crews on ships sailing in the region are any safer, says researcher and Ph.d. Lars Bangert Struwe, Centre for Military Studies at the University of Copenhagen, in an interview with ShippingWatch.

The statement comes after the European shipowners' association, ECSA, recently appealed to the EU to launch an international effort against piracy off the coast of West Africa. And ShippingWatch reported last week that a political majority at the Danish Parliament is in favor of Denmark participating in an international effort.

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