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Seafarers' Trust Celebrates 30 Years With London Event

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust will celebrate its 30th birthday with a conference in London tomorrow exploring how best to provide for the welfare needs of the world’s seafarers in the 21st century. The event will share the experiences of the welfare community, unions and shipping industry, and explore new ways of helping seafarers. “The Trust has 30 years of experience to draw on and a superb network of people we’ve worked with who are leaders in this field, and many of them will be here tomorrow,” said Tom Holmer, administrative officer of the Seafarers’ Trust.  “Legislative, social and technical factors mean that seafarers’ needs are changing, and we have to be ready to change to meet them. The much hoped for ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, for example, will throw up new challenges and opportunities for welfare providers, and this will be firmly on the agenda.” Roy Paul, program manager of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program and Seafarers’ Trust assistant administrative officer, added: “This event will draw on and share the knowledge built up over the last three decades, right up to the recent experience of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program, which is addressing the profound human cost of modern piracy, and the lessons of other recent events.”


Naval Coalitions Rely on TracPhone V7 for Counter-Piracy

Commercial ships are the most cost effective and fastest means of transporting goods globally but pirate activity is a significant threat that costs the world economy between $7 and $12 billion annually according to a recent estimate by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a coalition of 22 nations led by the United States, is now engaged in efforts to promote security and stability in response to the growing threat of piracy across approximately 2


IUA Supports LibDem Call For Action on Piracy

Marie-Louise Rossi, chief executive of the International Underwriting Association of London (IUA), has applauded a call by politicians in the U.K. to support measures to crack down on piracy and armed robbery at sea. And,in commending the initiative of the Liberal Democrats in drawing attention to increasing concern over piracy, Rossi also applauded the work currently being undertaken by IMO to address this issue. At their annual conference in Brighton this week


Navy, Coast Guard Aim to Prevent Piracy

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard officials are determined to stop pirates from threatening Americans and American interests. Incidents of piracy have become even more prevalent over the last two years, especially off the coast of Somalia and in the South China Sea. In 2004, 330 incidents of piracy were recorded worldwide, of which almost 180 took place in the South China Sea. The U.S. Navy conducts maritime security operations in various parts of the world and, most recently


Piracy Off the Horn of Africa

Remarks by Andrew J. Shapiro, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, given to the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC (March 27, 2012).   Thank you for inviting me here today. I want to thank the Center for American Progress [CAP] for having me here to speak on the important subject of piracy off the Horn of Africa. CAP is a tremendous leader in developing new ideas and in approaching issues in new ways


Petro-Pirates Plague Busy SE Asia Lanes

In the dead of night, as his fuel tanker sailed through the narrowest section of one of the world's busiest waterways, Captain Thiwa Saman was wrenched from sleep and pitched into a waking nightmare. Three men with guns and swords were banging on his cabin door. Other pirates had already stormed the bridge, seized the duty officer and smashed up the radio and GPS equipment. Over the next 10 hours, mostly in daylight


World Piracy Jumps 40% In 1999

Pirate attacks worldwide surged 40 percent in 1999 as economic and political troubles in Indonesia spurred a dramatic increase in incidents in Southeast Asia. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said in its annual report that the number of actual and attempted pirate raids increased to 285 last year from 202 in 1998. However, the number of seafarers killed fell to three last year from 78 in 1998. "This could be due to greater efforts by governments to combat piracy," the report said


Introducing ‘Lo-Jack’ For Ships

New Anti-Piracy Website Tracks Hijacked Vessels For Ship Owners A successful anti-piracy tracking system supported by ICC's International Maritime Bureau (IMB) now has a dedicated website that demonstrates how ship owners can log-on and view the exact position of their vessels at any time. Shiploc, an inexpensive tracking system, is based on a small device that reports to ship owners the position of their vessels via a satellite network several times a day. The launch of www.shiploc


Asian Piracy Takes Center Stage

This week's kidnapping crisis in the southern Philippines has thrown the spotlight on the growing problem of piracy in Asian waters, delegates at an international maritime conference said. Maritime authorities from 15 countries -- including Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, India and South Korea – are meeting in Tokyo to discuss piracy in the region, mainly the armed robbery of commercial ships sailing through Southeast Asia.


Transas Adds Piracy Information Overlay

Image courtesy Transas Marine

Transas Marine has added a Piracy Information Overlay (PIO) to its Navigation product portfolio. The piracy overlay is integrated into the Transas FleetView Online SSAS-tracking software and Navi-Planner 4000 voyage planning software. The piracy data is provided by Bergen Risk Solutions and is based on intelligence from several recognized and authoritative sources on sea piracy. The service allows users to overlay piracy information onto existing data and provides them with up to date


Video: Former Captives Discuss Iceberg 1 Hijacking

Jewel Ahiable of the MV Iceberg I

Piracy: Not a Thing of the Past Think Somali piracy is a thing of the past? That “past” haunts thousands of seafarers today; but the reports from individual seafarers mostly go unnoticed, as some shipowners leave seafarers high and dry after release—ignored and uncompensated


Bangladeshi Albedo Survivors Helped by their Govt.

Chirag Bahri (centre, back) with the 7 Bangladeshi Albedo survivors

  Yesterday, 16th September 2014, Chirag Bahri, MPHRP's Regional Director for South Asia, attended a ceremonial event organised by the Ministry of Shipping, Bangladesh to facilitate financial help to the 7 Bangladeshi crew members of MV Albedo.


New e-Navigation Technologies from Transas

Transas Marine introduced new software solutions for voyage planning and fleet management at SMM 2014 as a step towards becoming the forerunner in the development of e-Navigation technologies.  Among new launches is Transas Navi-Planner 4000 on a touch screen display


Seagull Maritime Response on Safety, Security

The Seagull training system provides software tools for the unique training challenges faced by the maritime industry today.

  Key areas of concern for seafarer safety and security in both marine and offshore operations have triggered the release of six new and one supplementary titles from computer-based training specialist Seagull Maritime. Third quarter 2014 releases include specific emphasis on the offshore


Dryad Maritime: Ocean Ambush “Game Changer”

Ian Millen

In the early hours of Saturday 9th August 2014, the radar of a product tanker transiting south, 200 nautical miles off the Nigerian shoreline detected a probable pirate mother ship lying in wait close to its track.   Shortly after detecting the vessel


Video: Halifax Shipyard Construction Progress

Photo courtesy of Irving Shipbuilding

Irving Shipbuilding’s Halifax Shipyard Modernization Program, a two-year engineering and construction investment to prepare the company’s facilities to build Canada's future combatant ships, is well underway. View a time lapse video of the yard modernization progress via the


OP/ED: The State of Piracy

John Thompson, co-founder of Ambrey Risk

Piracy’s gone away, right? You’d be forgiven for thinking that.   The predominant narrative for the Indian Ocean is that Piracy has been suppressed to an extent that ship-owners are requesting fewer guards, even unarmed in some cases


March on Stress Assesses MPHRP's care

March on Stress

Professor Neil Greenberg of March on Stress at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, visited the Philippines to assess the competencies of mental healthcare providers who assist MPHRP in supporting seafarers and families after piracy.


EU Warship Provides Seychelles CG Training

Training aboard FGS Berlin: Photo EUCAP

EU Naval Force Warship 'FGS Berlin' has conducted local maritime capacity building in the Seychelles informs EUCAP Nestor. Three Local Maritime Capacity Building (LMCB) activities have taken place during EU Naval Force Warship FGS Berlin’s recent port visit to the Seychelles


Challenging the Myths of Pirate Violence

Is there a general propensity for violence in West Africa?  The author finds out in an exchange with a Benin Navy boarding team member during  exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014. Photo: Adrian Kriesch/Alexander Drechsel

“In the last five years, pirates have killed at least 411 fishermen and wounded at least 1,000 more, suggested Mujibur Rahman, Chairman of Cox’s Bazar District Fishing Trawler Owners Association (DFTOA). According to the DFTOA, pirates attacked more than 1,000 fishing boats


Pirates Attack Product Tanker off Ivory Coast

Armed pirates robbed a petroleum products tanker near Ivory Coast's port of Abidjan, a maritime agency and a private security advisor said on Wednesday, in an indication of the increasing mobility of Nigeria-based gangs. The raid on the tanker came just a day after two failed pirate attacks


The Reluctant Pirate - Book Review

The Reluctant Pirate, by John Guy

John Guy’s newest effort, The Reluctant Pirate, is an entertaining tale of modern day pirates and a primer on what really happens when today’s merchant ships are boarded and held for ransom, and more importantly, why. And unlike the better known movie (Captain Phillips) that tackles a


Increased Drug Trafficking in Indian Ocean Needs Action

Heroin from Afghanistan is increasingly trafficked through the Indian Ocean and more international action is needed to prosecute smugglers on the high seas, the United Nations anti-crime and drug body said on Tuesday. In the last 18 months, more than 4


Fight Piracy – Intelligently

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Technology and Experience Go Hand in Hand While global piracy is constantly changing, modern technology adapts to exploit the weaknesses in the pirates’ mode of operation. Intelligence gained from such technologies enables voyage planners and navigators to steer clear of harm – but


Two Piracy Survivors Back to Sea - MPHRP

Chirag Bahri (L) with two SL crew and families of Albedo, Ranjan Perera of ITF (centre back) and Dr Samarasinghe (R).

  Since MPHRP started their Programme they have discovered that seafarers are resilient people. Also the ones who were attacked by pirates, taken hostage or captured. Most of them went back to sea after a period of recovering from the trauma






 
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