Sunday, March 21, 2021

"Denmark To Seek Agreements for West Africa Anti-Piracy Mission"

Uh oh Bight of Benin dudes, you've roused the Vikings from their slumber. (well that and Maersk being headquartered in Copenhagen)

From gCaptain:

Denmark’s government will negotiate agreements with its West African counterparts following a decision to send a naval vessel to the Gulf of Guinea to aid the fight against piracy.

The defense ministry in Copenhagen said March 16 it will deploy a frigate to patrol international waters in the gulf, the most dangerous for seafarers worldwide, for an initial five months starting in November. The warship will provide escorts to civilian shipping and carry out rescue operations following pirate attacks.

The government plans to “put forward a suggestion for a parliamentary decision regarding a military contribution for the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea” within several months, a defense ministry spokesman said by email. It will also “seek to negotiate necessary agreements, including on possible transfer and prosecution of apprehended pirates, with relevant governments in the region,” he said.

The gulf, an expanse of the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Senegal to Angola, accounts for almost all maritime kidnappings in recent years. Of the 135 crew abducted at sea globally in 2020, 95% were taken in the region, according to the International Maritime Bureau. Hostages are usually taken to Nigeria, where ransoms are arranged....