Top box lines link to fight piracy

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Leading container carriers CMA CGM, Mediterranean Shipping Company and Maersk Line are to exchange information on safety, policy and procedure in a collective effort to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

In a joint statement the world’s leading trio said: “Our first and foremost concern is the safety and security of our crews. Piracy continues to be a problem for the shipping industry and if we want to address it effectively, we as shipowners must cooperate. Following the Anti-Piracy Best Management Practice is an important step in preventing hijackings and we fully support the use and further development of the BMP.

“The root causes of this problem cannot be addressed overnight. Therefore, it is imperative that the naval forces have a strong and dynamic mandate to match the constantly changing situation in the area. It is also vital that the acts of piracy do not go unpunished, which is why appropriate legal frameworks for prosecuting pirates are needed.”

The carriers welcomed international efforts to fight piracy in terms of the naval presence in the Gulf of Aden and the pursuit of appropriate legal frameworks to ensure pirates were prosecuted. They said they supported proposals for regional capacity building to address the issue such as a regional coast guard and possible transit corridors to east Africa.