Asian ship owners in piracy action call
Continuing attacks spur call for more action.
Asian shipowners call for government action on piracy
By Marcus Hand from Singapore
Asian shipowners have called for action by governments on piracy in West Africa and Southeast Asia.
The Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF) Safe Navigation & Environment Committee (SNEC) expressed “great concern” over 17 incidents in Southeast Asia of small tankers being hijacked and cargoes stolen. Of the 17 attacks 12 have been successful.
The SNEC also expressed “grave concern” over the growing number of attacks off West Africa, where at least 23 incidents have been reported this year. In particular it expressed concern over an attack on 9 August 200 nm off the coast of Nigeria.
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