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In response to growing concerns and increasing attacks in the region, a taskforce of stakeholders from across the shipping industry drafted the Gulf of Guinea Declaration on Suppression of Piracy.
States in the Gulf of Guinea region must take responsibility and step-up prosecution efforts when pirates are apprehended by international navies, following the release of three suspected pirates held in custody on board Danish frigate Esbern Snare.
Following the incident in the Gulf of Guinea on 24 November involving the Danish frigate Esbern Snare and a suspected pirate vessel, BIMCO calls on all naval forces in the area to further increase the pressure on piracy groups and hopes a continued naval presence will act as a deterrent.
In response to growing concerns about piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea, BIMCO is working closely with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Stable Seas, an international non-governmental organisation, to calculate the costs of maritime piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea to West and Central African nations.
Support for eradicating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is gaining strength both in Asia and world-wide. Organisations including Japan’s NYK Line and the Asian Shipowners’ Association are among the latest to join in the call for action.
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