Maersk calls for action on piracy

Copenhagen, Denmark: Shipping company Maersk Line, has called for concerted action to tackle the growing problem of piracy. New statistics show the number of piracy incidents in the first quarter of the year were the highest ever recorded. With the “piracy zone” of the Indian Ocean almost quadrupling in size and extending to the tip of India since the beginning of the year, Maersk crews could face five days or more in pirate-infested waters, said the Danish line. “It is completely unacceptable,” said Maersk.

“The general consensus that we share with our officers is that piracy is a growing concern, but there is simply not enough being done about it internationally,” says Maersk’s chief operating officer Morten Engelstoft.

“The general consensus that we share with our officers is that piracy is a growing concern, but there is simply not enough being done about it internationally,” adds Engelstoft.

“Urgent and effective action needs to be taken now, because seafarers and vessels are being attacked every day.”

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