President, Greek Ship owners Union (EEE) Nikos Efthymiou, has frowned at the rising spate of piracy, saying that the scourge is a curse adding that piracy has preoccupied the EEE as well as many countries a great deal,.
Similarly, the European Union (EU) has become sensitized over the problem, while the Greek government was among the first to send a warship to the region where there is an upsurge of the phenomenon and now the Greek government is participating in the EU’s operation “Atalanta” to combat piracy, he added.
Efthymiou also referred to the economic crisis, stressing that it is affecting shipping, but shipping has no responsibility for it since it is a crisis of the international monetary system. The violent collapse of dry cargo markets, as he said, is the result of reduced consumption
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General, Efthimious Mitropoulos and the UN, has however commenced considerable activities to tackle the problem.