Denmark to Dispatch war Vessel to West African Gulf of Guinea to Fight Piracy
London, March 17, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Denmark will deploy war vessel to the Gulf of Guinea in Africa’s west coast to help address the rising sea piracy in the region.
The vessel will combat piracy by providing escorts to civilian shipping and carrying out rescue operations following attacks, it said.
The decision follows a call by A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S and shipping industry groups for a more assertive international response to kidnappings that occur in the region. The waters in the area are the most dangerous for seafarers worldwide, accounting for almost all maritime abductions in recent years.
Last year, 95% of the 135 seafarers seized worldwide were kidnapped in the gulf, a vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Senegal to Angola, in 22 separate incidents, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Denmark which is a major shipping nation, will send the frigate to the region for five months from November 2021.
Pirates continue to attack ships in the West African coast and have been behind several kidnappings in the area.
While they mostly target oil and gas tankers, smaller boats have at times been attacked too.
“Piracy threatens the security of Danish and foreign crews. In such a situation we cannot and shall not just watch. We must stand up for the right to free navigation,” Danish Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen said on Tuesday.
About 40 Danish merchant ships sail through the Gulf of Guinea daily transporting goods worth $1.6bn (£1.1bn) a year.