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Shipowners call for China’s intervention in Gulf of Guinea piracy

Maersk, Mediterranean Shipping Co, BIMCO and International Chamber of Shipping have asked Beijing to throw its weight behind international efforts to deter rising piracy attacks in the region. The requests have received positive responses from the ministry of transport

Pirates in the area increasingly attempt to hijack vessels and kidnap crew for ransom rather than only for shortsea robberies. Ransoms are around $50,000 per seafarer while the hostage can be kept for four to eight weeks, according to BIMCO

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