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Danish ships met in the Gulf of Aden

Danish ships met in the Gulf of Aden

22-08-2014 14:00:00


The Danish support ship Esbern Snare, which is currently on anti-piracy patrol in the traffic corridor in the Gulf of Aden, met the Danish container ship Maersk McKinney Møller which is en route to the East on Friday

During the passage the two ships sailed at a distance of approximately 370 meters, or about 30 feet shorter than the container ship length of 400 meters.

At the meeting, Esbern Snare was in radio contact with the Danish captain of the Maersk McKinney Møller who expressed his joy at seeing a Danish ship contribute to the anti-piracy task, and that the meeting with Esbern Snare and its helicopter Blue Ghost was a good experience for all of his crew.

More than 20,000 merchant ships annually sail through the Gulf of Aden, where the risk of piracy is still present. Therefore, there is established a corridor where international naval vessels are patrolling and escorting merchant ships. The presence of naval ships along with other measures has generally meant that pirate activity over time is significantly reduced.

Facts about piracy:

Number of pirate attacks in 2008: 58
Number of pirate attacks today: Latest attack was in November 2013
Number of hijackings in 2008: 42
Number of hijacked ships today: 0

Source: SOK / Maritime Denmark

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