African Union should do more to prevent marine piracy - expert

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Cape Town – The African Union should play a much bigger role to ensure the safekeeping of crew members and cargo ships in African waters, said Deanna Collins, director of Marine Crew Services (MCS). 

MCS is responsible for placing South African seafarers with international shipping and ship management companies and the group takes extra care to not place crew members on ships that fare in maritime piracy hotspots, Collins said. 

Although there was a notable increase in kidnappings of seafarers in 2016, no South African crew members placed by MCS were among those targeted. 

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