Protection against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea – Shipmaster’s position
As you are certainly aware in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa the problem of piracy increases rapidly. This causes a serious maritime security threat to the merchant shipping and consequently to the lines of communications and International trade between our continents. The EU, as the second largest exporter and the third largest importer in the world, is highly dependent of maritime transport. Some 40% of the world tonnage is controlled by European ship owners and a vast majority of ships trading in the Gulf of Guinea sails to and from EU ports.