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Joint industry contribution to support community projects in Somalia

Shell, BP, Maersk and the Japanese shipping industry today announced a joint initiative aimed at supporting community and job creation projects in the coastal regions of Somalia. This initiative is designed to make a contribution to the rebuilding of a stable and prosperous Somalia and, in so doing, reduce the risk of piracy to seafarers transiting the Indian Ocean. Each company will contribute around US$500,000 over a period of two years.

Grahaeme Henderson, Head of Shell Shipping, said today, “Ending piracy lies in part in helping the people of Somalia, and providing education and alternative livelihoods. Shell is proud to have contributed to the broader counter-piracy effort. We very much hope that others in industry will join us.” 

"Piracy is a problem at sea, which must be addressed by the international community, and requires a long-term sustainable solution on land. We are willing to contribute to the solution, which is why Maersk supports this initiative," said Hanne B. Sorensen, CEO of Maersk Tankers, on behalf of the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group.

John Ridgway, Chief Executive of BP Shipping said: “This is a major issue which affects the safety and security of people working in global trade. We are pleased to support this initiative which will provide material help and opportunities for communities in the region.”

The announcement coincides with the London Conference on Somalia being held today (23rd February) and hosted by the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon David Cameron MP. Leaders from more than 50 countries and international organisations are focussing on seven key issues, including terrorism, piracy, humanitarian assistance and, crucially, what Somalis could do after the transitional government's mandate expires in August.


Shell International & UK Media Relations: +44 20 7934 5550
BP Group Press Office: +44 207 496 4076
Maersk Group, Group Communications: +45 3363 1911

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