Denmark-flagged frigate HDMS VAEDDEREN by ship spotter Manistee
The piracy situation in the Gulf of Guinea is spiraling out of control, with each passing day bringing forth news of seafarers being kidnapped from the treacherous waters or ships being boarded in the region. The Danish government was among the first in the world that tried to bring military intervention on the table when discussing efforts to bring the situation under control, but that was quickly put aside by other countries of the world.
It seems Denmark has taken matters into its own hands and rightly so. It’s the world’s fifth-largest marine nation, with an average of 30 to 40 Danish operated ships voyaging through the Gulf of Guinea daily.
The huge numbers promoted Denmark, which recently announced that it plans to deploy a frigate to the region by the fall of 2021.
As of January 2021, Denmark nominated a particular diplomat for maritime security, especially for addressing the issues in the Gulf of Guinea: Ambassador Jens-Otto Horslund.
Danish Minister of Defense Trine Bramsen said, “Denmark is deploying a frigate to the Gulf of Guinea because maritime security is challenged. Pirates are behind several severe kidnappings in the area and it threatens the security of Danish and foreign crews.”
The Danish Navy plans to deploy them for a duration of five months, ranging from November 2021 to March 2022. This particular period coincides with calmer seas and improved weather conditions, and consequently, months when piracy is an all-time high.
He added, “In such a situation we cannot and shall not just watch. We must stand up for the right to free navigation. The Danish Navy has previously proved strong and important in the combating of the pirates.”
Posted in Maritime Security by Ankur Kundu on Mar 23, 2021 at 08:05.