Dutch ship owners want better protection
Ship owners in the Netherlands pay about 70,000 per vessel to the Dutch Defence Ministry for safeguarding efforts against pirates. According to the newspaper, this charge corresponds to the amount owners would spend on private security.
The government had previously set the sum. Now, ship owners are expressing displeasure at the cost and the level of protection they receive in Somali waters. According to them, defence efforts are so unsatisfactory they are willing to hire private security guards.
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