Monday, August 01, 2011
On the night of Sunday, around ten pirates boarded the tanker Gotland Sofia, seventy km outside the port of Cotonou in Benin. The crew sought refuge in a locked room and the pirates later fled when units from Benin's navy approached."Had you asked me a year ago, I had been the perfect opponent against having armed guards, but today I am much more hesitant," said Jonas Engström, security officer of the shipping company Wisby Ship Management, to news agency TT. The government is currently investigating the question if armed guards should be allowed on board Swedish ships.