East Africa: CMA CGM, Maersk and MSC join forces against piracy

(Horntrade) - The three world leaders in container shipping have decided to cooperate in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. This collaboration between the Danish Maersk Line, MSC Swiss and French CMA CGM, respectively numbers 1, 2 and 3 in the world, includes the exchange of information on policies, measures and procedures put in place, the axes of improvement possible and the willingness of coordination to address the issue with all stakeholders. “Our main concern remains the safety of our crews.

Piracy is a constant problem for the shipping industry and if we want to approach it effectively, we must, as shipowners, cooperate, explain Maersk Line, MSC and CMA CGM. An important part of the fleets of the three arms, which align over 1,000 container ships transiting the northern Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, where pirates are rampant. The waters off Somalia welcome, indeed, a major global shipping routes, including routes between Asia and Europe. To avoid as much as possible hijacking, the three lines have agreed on the importance of “Good Practices Anti-Piracy ‘to ensure safe navigation in the region.

Support the deployment of naval forces

In addition, CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line “welcome and support” the efforts of the international community to fight against the problem of piracy in “naval presence in the Gulf of Aden and prosecution of appropriate legal frameworks” for ensure that the pirates are prosecuted and held accountable for their crimes. For two years, several navies, including the EU-NAVFOR, deployed as part of the European operation Atalanta, fight against piracy with some effectiveness, but to overcome the phenomenon.

“The root causes of this problem can not be resolved overnight. Therefore, it is imperative that naval forces are mandated to strongly and dynamically adapt to the constantly changing situation in the region. It is also vital that piracy does not go unpunished, for which appropriate legal frameworks to prosecute pirates are necessary, “say the three maritime groups. The latter also believe that the safety zone must also pass through the strengthening of regional capacities, such as the introduction coastguard by the countries in the region and potential transit corridors to the East Africa.

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