Somali piracy remains a threat, the head of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has warned.

Welcoming the extension of EU naval operations through to December 2018, ICS secretary general, Peter Hinchliffe said yesterday: “While other security concerns now draw the attention of the international community, it is a fact that the threat which Somali piracy presents to international trade is still extremely high, as the secretary-general of the IMO has recently observed.”

Alongside a strong military deterrent, Hinchliffe saidit remains essential that ships maintain compliance with the industry’s best management practices to prevent a resurgence of hijacks and kidnappings.

Sam Chambers SAM CHAMBERS

 

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