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Shipowners: Severe piracy threat off West Africa's coast

A joint effort in the West African region from local and international authorities is necessary to combat increasing piracy, the Director General of the Danish Shipowners' Association, Anne Steffensen, tells ShippingWatch after a container ship was attacked Friday.

The hijacking of Maersk Line's container vessel Safmarine Kuramo near Nigeria on Friday once again highlights how serious the current trends are getting, says Director General of the Danish Shipowners' Association, Anne Steffensen, after Friday's attack on the Maersk vessel Safmarine Kuramo.

Safmarine Kuramo with 25 crew members on board was hijacked by pirates off the coast of Nigeria on its way from Point Noire in Congo to Port Onne in Nigeria. The crew managed to send an emergency flare before the pirates came on board and took control of the 200 meter long container ship.

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