Shipping costs increase after recent pirate attack

Reported by Max Winitz - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Many shipping companies are seeing a rise in shipping costs as a result of the recent pirate attack on a container ship.

Last week Maesrk cargo ship was hijacked about 280 miles southeast of Northern Somalia.  The cargo ship was carrying emergency relief supplies to Kenya when it was attacked.

According to a spokeswoman for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet, it was the first pirate attack involving US Nationals and a US-flagged vessel in recent memory.

In an effort to avoid another attack, shipping companies, like Maesrk, are taking longer and more expensive routes.

In addition, the cost of insuring the ships have increased.

Wilmington Port officials say none of their ships are in any danger.  Only one of their container lines sails to Africa, and they use a route they believe is not guarded by pirates.

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