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.

Already a subscriber? Log in.

Read the whole article

Get access for 14 days for free.
No credit card is needed, and you will not be automatically signed up for a paid subscription after the free trial.

  • Access all locked articles
  • Receive our daily newsletters
  • Access our app
An error has occured. Please try again later.

Get full access for you and your coworkers.

Start a free company trial today

More from ShippingWatch

Price of Maersk's new methanol ships drops

Maersk has just ordered six new methanol-powered container ships and now reveals that the added cost of building green ships compared to conventional ones is decreasing. Economies of scale, says equity analyst.

Esvagt pursues Taiwanese offshore wind

The Danish offshore service operator has located a possible partner on the island as a part of high hopes for the local offshore wind market. If successful, Esvagt could be ready to service wind at sea in the far east in a few years.

Further reading

Related articles

Latest news

See all jobs