Bimco welcomes extension of EU anti-piracy operation off Somalia

Shipping association Bimco has welcomed this week’s decision by the EU Council to extend the mandate of the EUNAVFOR Operation “Atalanta” to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia for another two years until end-December 2018.
Bimco said that recent events such as the attempted attack on LNG tanker Galicia Spirit in the Bab-el-Mandeb strait and actual attack on chemical tanker CPO Korea in the Somali Basin have highlighted why a continued military presence off the Horn of Africa remains “absolutely essential.”
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