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January 24 2006

Inchcape helps Kenya boost anti-piracy measures

The piracy problem off Somalia has posed a threat to Kenyan ports' plans to boost their cruise business.

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) announced today that it has been working with the Kenyan Port Authorities and the Kenyan Navy to implement new security and anti-piracy measures in Kenyan waters.

After the pirate attack on the cruise ship Seabourn Spirit off the coast of Somalia in November, Inchcape Shipping Services Mombasa had extensive meetings with the Kenyan Port Authorities and Kenyan Navy.

Since then, a number of security initiatives have been taken. One of these saw a major cruise ship being met by a Kenyan Navy ship 200 miles off Lamu and escorted into the port.

David Mackay, General Manager ISS Kenya, said: "The operation and teamwork between the Kenyan Port Authority, Kenyan Navy and ISS has been instrumental in ensuring future traffic to ports in the region".

George Panagou, Director ISS Global Cruise Business Development, said: "The local port authorities as well as the Kenyan government are very keen to further invest in cruise services. The plans for a new cruise terminal in Mombasa as well as their immediate response to neutralize the piracy threat shows that they are eager to develop in this sector."