Denmark pushes for other nations to beef up anti-piracy patrols

Denmark will remain committed to patrolling the seas in anti-piracy operations, and is pushing other larger nations to commit too.

Deputy director-general Birgit Solling Olsen of the Danish Maritime Authority told a security conference at Danish Maritime Days in Copenhagen today: “If a small country can do it there is no excuse for bigger countries.”

She said that while piracy off Somalia had been cut back in recent years, it had not been totally eradicated, but the growth in piracy in the Gulf of Guinea was “worrying”.

Denmark’s strategy for anti-piracy operations from this year through to 2018, Olsen, said was to stay engaged in the Horn of Africa, with the Gulf of Guinea becoming a new focus area.


Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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