Well Pescadores Praised at IMO Security Committee

Thursday, June 12, 2003
During the IMO's Security Committee sessions held in London between May 28th and June 6, 2003, the United States praised the government of Panama for "aggressively exercising its jurisdiction" in the case of the Panamanian-flagged vessel WELL PESCADORES. Three Dominican survivors' stowaways had accused the WELL PESCADORES' crew of beating and throwing overboard causing the drowning of two of the five persons who had stowed away aboard the vessel when it prepared to leave the port of Haina, in the Domincan Republic. Upon the survivors' arrival in Houston and after the stowaways' claims were reported to the US Coast Guard, the government of the United States and the government of Panama " began working closely to investigate the case and take appropriate action", said the US delegate. Panama ordered that the vessel be detained in the port of Houston where it had arrived on March 28th. The vessel remained in Houston for 34 days. Panama sent investigators and prosecutors to the ship to determine the charged with murder and remain in jail. The case of the WELL PESCADORES, where a working ship was detained for over a month and a number of crew members face criminal prosecution "should serve as a strong deterrent to those who seek to avoid their responsibilities by abusing stowaways", said the US delegate. "Although this case presented numerous jurisdictional and logistical challenges to both the government of Panama and the United States, we believe that it is only through flag States and port States working together that cases such as the WELL PESCADORES can be successfully resolved", declared the US delegate who requested that his statement be included in the Security Committee report. Panama's representative at the IMO Security Committee, Panama Maritime Authority Deputy Administrator Capt. Luis Perez Salamero asserted that the case was "a serious misdemeanor to the survivors' and the victims' human rights, despite the fact that IMO's regulations and Panamanian penal legislation clearly establish what should be the treatment given by crew members to secure the protection, health, food, delivery and repatriation of stowaways". About the AMP: The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) is the Panamanian autonomous agency, responsible for the compliance of international regulations, navigation controls and the obligations of Panama as a flag state and as such, oversees the world's largest merchant fleet.
Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Nigerian Piracy Threatens UK Interests: New Report

The UK economy is heavily exposed to lawlessness off the coast of Nigeria, a new report published today by the UK Chamber of Shipping says. The report found that almost all of the UK’s annual £6.

SIA to Honor Honeywell's Gordon Hope

The Security Industry Association (SIA) says it has chosen Gordon Hope, general manager of Honeywell's AlarmNet communications network, as the 2014 recipient of the George R.

Scorpio Tankers: Latest Financial & Ship Delivery News

Scorpio Tankers Inc. says it has updated its stock buyback program; lists its latest new vessel deliveries, and gives the release date of its second quarter 2014 earnings report.

Navigation

Fugro Launches Seastar XP2

Fugro Satellite Positioning released its Seastar XP2 PPP GNSS augmentation service on July 1, 2014, which provides increased redundancy for mission-critical offshore

Electronic Navigation & Dispute Resolution: Coming of Age

ECDIS, AIS, GPS Electronic navigation systems such as GPS, Electronic Chart Displays (ECDIS) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) provide great assistance

Singapore Approves Danelec New-Generation VDR

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has issued a certificate of approval for the Danelec DM100 VDR for installation on ships under the Singapore registry.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1115 sec (9 req/sec)