A.P. Moller – Maersk Group reviews internal piracy policy and requests action from the international community

The A.P. Moller – Maersk Group remains vigilant and constantly monitors the situation in the Gulf of Aden and the area off the Somali coast. The Group regularly updates its policy and procedures for sailing in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia, based on available civilian and military intelligence as well as best practices recommended by the relevant authorities, maritime and other organisations.

While the Group proceeds with its investigation of the MAERSK ALABAMA hijacking off the coast of Somalia, it has taken action to further boost the safety and security of crews and vessels against piracy. “We have expanded the area off the coast of Somalia where only vessels with a certain freeboard or capable of sailing certain speeds are allowed to enter,” says A.P. Moller – Maersk Group Partner and Maersk Tankers CEO Søren Skou. “Vessels should spend as little time in the area as possible, and while in the area sail at maximum speed,” says Søren Skou.