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Shipowners: Aden attacks could quickly resurface

Even though there were no registered pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden in 2015, it is still too early to withdraw the naval vessels or ease the monitoring efforts, warn the German shipowners in a comment on the latest piracy figures.

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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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