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BIMCO’s Head of Maritime Security discusses the challenges ahead.

Focus on risk mitigation techniques vital for enhanced maritime security

Mr. Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO, provides an overview of the status of maritime security in the piracy affected areas around the world, citing possible reasons for the escalation of piracy in the GoG. In addition, Mr. Larsen highlights that industry should not be complacent with the lower activity reported in Somalia. Overall, industry can mitigate the risk by following the BMP5 guidance and changing its mindset by constantly improving its risk mitigation techniques, such as examining integrated security features for future ship designs, and addressing shared reporting of piracy incidents.

SAFETY4SEA: What is currently the biggest challenge in maritime security from your perspective?

Jakob P. Larsen: There are several important security issues on the agenda, but I think the single most important issue the industry faces is the piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Judging from statistics, the problem has been escalating these past few weeks. This may be because we get closer the 2019 Nigerian general election, where past years’ piracy trend has traditionally been upward, for whatever reason.

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