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02 December 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 18:53 GMT+1

July 17, 2020

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ECSA calls for extension of EU NAVFOR mandate Operation Atalanta

Confitarma, that of the Persian Gulf and the waters in front Somalia is a strategically relevant area for Italian armament

The ECSA Association of European Shipowners, in a letter EU High Representative Josep Borrell Fontelles, emphasised the need to extend, as it is vital to maritime security, the current mandate of the EU NAVFOR operation Operation Atalanta, an operation aimed at prevention and repression piracy against ships off the coast of the Somalia.

"The EU, with the establishment of Operation Atalanta in 2008 - wrote the Secretary General of the European Community Shipowners' Associations, Martin Dorsman - showed a strong leading role in improving the safety of passing ships Gulf of Aden and the Somali basin through which the 20% of global trade. From the peak of piracy region in 2010, the operation and associated measures proven to be an effective deterrent, ensuring many years significantly reduced incidents.' The ECSA explained However, given the continuing reports of boats with armed people approaching the ships, continues to be precarious and that you can easily turnaround.

The European shipping association also pointed out that, to maintain a high level of preparation and decrease number of incidents, shipowners followed best practices transitioning to high-risk areas. "However -- he explained Dorsman -- alone the efforts of the industry can not replace the presence of naval resources, sharing multilateral coordination. The continuation Operation Atalanta - he noted - is essential for safeguard maritime transport in the region.'

By combining with ECSA's recommendations, Confederation of Italian Owners (Confitarma) highlighted how the Persian Gulf and the waters in front of Somalia a strategically relevant area for Italian armament.

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