Shipowners: The EU leaves us hanging in West Africa

The European shipowners are disappointed by the announcement from the EU's Commissioner for Transport, Siim Kallas, who declines to send an EU naval force to West Africa to fight the increasing piracy in the region.

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The European shipowners in the European Community of Shiponwers' Associations (ECSA) are disappointed to learn that the EU-Commission has no plans to send an EU naval force to West Africa to combat the pervasive piracy in the region.

In an interview with ShippingWatch today, Friday, the EU's Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas states that he does not support the effort, explaining that he instead supports an international, voluntary effort similar to the one currently in place in the Strait of Malacca.

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