A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday that its tanker division, Maersk Tankers, stopped calling at ports in East Africa because of the danger of pirate attacks in the area.
A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday that its tanker division, Maersk Tankers, stopped calling at ports in East Africa because of the danger of pirate attacks in the area. The decision came after a pirate attack on the Maersk Regensberg in December. Soon after that attack, Maersk Tankers diverted the Brigit Maersk, another tanker that was near the site of the attack, to a waiting position off the Seychelles until it could be secured against an attack.
It hired a Tanzanian navy vessel to protect the Brigit Maersk before it resumed its voyage to Mombasa in Kenya with a cargo of vegetable oil.
?To ensure the safety of the crew, vessel and cargo she was sent south of Madagascar and Maersk Tankers via a private Danish security enterprise contracted with the Tanzanian navy for an escort,? said Maersk spokesman Michael Storgaard. Payment was an amount equal to the fuel and food consumed on the vessel during the escort, which took five days.
?Maersk Tankers assured itself of the legality of the contract and naturally consulted and informed all relevant parties,? Storgaard told The Journal of Commerce.
?Since then Maersk Tankers has ceased closing contracts calling in East Africa,? he said.
Storgaard said this was the first and only time the company contracted with the Tanzanian Navy escort, or any other East African Navy. He said the company does not consider use of the Tanzanian Navy ?in any way a permanent solution or one we are considering in lieu of others.?