New pirate waters, Danish shipping companies’ big fear

By Johanne Hesseldahl Larsen

When you look out over the sea at the entrance to the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, it is easy to see why piracy is a big problem.

The bay is a hub of maritime and everything from cargo ships, oil tankers and barges to pass by to the loading and unloading of the coast’s major ports. Director Maria Bruun Skipper from the Shipowners’ Association estimates that 10-35 of the vessels are Danish at any given time.

– Every year there are 500 port calls by Danish-controlled ships, so it’s clear we are experiencing pirates, as a growing problem, she says.

There are now far more pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa than there is out of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden in East Africa.


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