This is no time to sit back and rest on the laurels in terms of the anti-piracy efforts in the Gulf of Aden, because if this happens the situation could quickly turn around and new pirate attacks could occur, note the German shipowners, VDR, in a statement after the International Maritime Bureau published its latest figures for piracy incidents in 2015.
"The threat posed by piracy at the Horn of Africa is like a smoldering fire: the presence of naval forces in the Gulf of Aden and the surveillance operations from the air – combined with the safeguards put in place by the shipowners – are proving to be successful in depriving the criminals in Somalia of oxygen," says CEO of the German Shipowners' Association, Ralf Nagel, in the statement:
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