Copenaghen - The international shipping association BIMCO calls for a stronger military and law enforcement against piracy.
The latest report from the International Maritime Bureau shows that attacks in West Africa pushed piracy numbers up in 2018: there were 201 incidents reported to the bureau last year (including six hijackings) - all of which happened in the Gulf of Guinea.
”Unless we see international naval support and close cooperation between international navies and local law enforcement, I doubt that we will see the numbers go down in any significant way,” said Jakob P. Larsen, BIMCO Head of Maritime Security.
The tendency, notes Larsen, is to believe that because of other marine activity in the area such as supply vessels, fishing vessels and other small boats, an anti-piracy operation would be very difficult, complicated and involve a big risk of firing at the wrong people. “I don’t agree. I don’t think it is very difficult, nor too risky, and I believe that the challenges are sometimes exaggerated.”