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Monday, 15 March 2010

The Commission urges the Member States to prevent maritime piracy

The European Commission today adopted a recommendation addressed to the Member States to ensure the effective application of measures for self-protection and for preventing acts of piracy and armed attacks against ships. These measures – known as 'Best Management Practices' (BMP) – have been adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Siim Kallas, Commission Vice-President responsible for transport said: 'Piracy poses a terrible threat to the men and women on board vessels and is a real danger for the maritime sector and for world trade. Crews should be fully protected against acts of piracy and their employers must ensure that they are able to work with optimum safety when they are in areas with a high risk of piracy. The implementation of prevention and self-protection measures developed by the industry and by the IMO are useful tools for avoiding or to help counter pirate attacks.'

Source: European Commission