3 LogosThe world’s three largest container shipping companies are now cooperating in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

The CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line are exchanging information on safety measures, piracy policies and procedures as well as acting together to ensure the issues are addressed.

“Our first and foremost concern is the safety and security of our crews. Piracy continues to be a problem for the shipping industry and if we want to address it effectively, we as ship owners must cooperate,” CMA CGM, MSC and Maersk Line said in a joint statement.

The three lines have agreed on the importance of the Best Management Practices (BMP) for safe sailing in the area where the Somali pirates continue to attack and hijack vessels. “Following the Anti-Piracy Best Management Practice is an important step in preventing hijackings and we fully support the use and further development of the BMP,” the statement said.

The three lines also support proposals to address issues such as a regional coast guard and possible transit corridors to East Africa.

More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - December 2010 Issue
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