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Dec 2, 2000
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Industry campaign hits the big screen in battle against Somali piracy
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SOS SaveOurSeafarers, a high profile, shipping industry anti- piracy campaign is taking its message to celluloid with the launch of a short video highlighting the human and economic cost of Somali piracy.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51217:industry-campaign-hits-the-big-screen-in-battle-against-somali- piracy-&catid=3:international-shipping-news&Itemid=63
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

CJ suggests the use of multi-dimensional approach to fight piracy
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The Chief Justice, Mrs Georgina T. Wood, suggested the use of multi-dimensional approach in the fight against maritime piracy.She likened maritime piracy to international terrorism and observed that the problem of piracy which was previously feared, had taken a wider dimension.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51339:cj-suggests-the-use-of-multi-dimensional-approach-to-fight-pira cy&catid=44:latest-news&Itemid=64
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Mozambique Channel to be the new piracy hotspot for this year says maritime security expert
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The Mozambique Channel, as well as the entrance to the Persian Gulf, are expected to become some of the new pirate hotspots for piracy, says Richard Mcenery, Operations Director with Ocean Protection Services Ltd, one of the companies currently offering security services onboard vessels.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51419:mozambique-channel-to-be-the-new-piracy-hotspot-for-this-year-s ays-maritime-security-expert-&catid=1&Itemid=61
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

"We have reached the end of our tether on Piracy" ICS Chairman tells India Shipping Summit
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"The world community cannot tolerate the abuse and the killing of seafarers," ICS Chairman Spyros M Polemis told seafarers and maritime industry professionals in India today (Oct 11th), adding that "India and its seafarers have truly been in thefiring line".
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51635:qwe-have-reached-the-end-of-our-tether-on-piracyq-ics-chairman- tells-india-shipping-summit-&catid=3:international-shipping-news&Itemid=63

Comment: I wonder if this means that some summary executions "mysterious disappearances" will become a possibility.​
 
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From The Navy News:

Hijacked sailors freed from pirated ship by Royal Navy
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Two dozen sailors have been freed from a hijacked ship in the Indian Ocean thanks to a Royal Navy boarding team.

An expert boarding party from RFA Fort Victoria, engaged in counter-piracy, freed 23 crew of the Italian cargo ship Montecristo.
More at http://www.navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/1871

Comment: Very well done to the RFA Fort Victoria and USS De Wert!!!!​
 
Jan 28, 2003
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Thank goodness for that. I was beginning to despair of the European contribution to the anti-piracy patrols, as they seemed so hamstrung by human rights and the possibilities of Somali pirates being able to claim asylum (never quite understood how, but international law is often a mystery to me). Mind you, it seems the Italian crew were in an armoured bridge and could continue to steer the ship, so I expect the pirates decided it was much safer to surrender rather than fight the Marines, given that they weren't in control. Make others think twice, perhaps, in future? But only if there's an armed Navy vessel nearby, and all the crew are in the armoured area - otherwise you'd just threaten crew hostages, wouldn't you? Still, it's progress.
 
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>>so I expect the pirates decided it was much safer to surrender rather than fight the Marines, given that they weren't in control.<<

That's about what I would expect as well. It's not as if ill trained criminal gangs are a match for trained commandos in a stand up mano a mano fight, unless the objective of the pirates is to get dead.

International patience with this is running out in a very big way, and the maritime community is fed up with being the victim. It says a lot that the carraige of armed guards...unthinkable even a few years ago...is not only thinkable but is even starting to be encouraged along with other measures which make a merchant vessel a much harder target to take.

Of course, the idea is to scare them off instead of kill them, but if this keeps up, don't be surprised if "Scare them off" as a policy is changed to "Blow them away on sight and feed them to the sharks."

According to This Article last year was a record breaker for attacks and the financial costs are closing in on $16billion dollars. Obviously, this is no longer about fishery poaching or environmental protection. These modern day swashbucklers don't give a toss about that. It's all about the money and it can't be tolerated.
 
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From The Mumbai Mirror:

Message in bottle saved cargo ship Montecristo from pirates
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London British forces freed an Italian cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates after retrieving a message in a bottle tossed by hostages from a porthole, it is now learnt. The message said the crew was safely sealed inside an armoured area.
More at http://www.mumbaimirror.com/article/4/2011101320111013023454426813132e1/Message-in-bottle-saved-cargo-ship-Montecristo-from-pirates.html

Comment: If it's dumb, but works, it's NOT dumb!!!​
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Former ECSA President takes piracy concerns to European Parliament
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As piracy escalates and with 60 hostages so far losing their lives, the former President of the European Community Shipowners’ Association has called for tougher measures to tackle the growing problem including the formation of a Global Task Force.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52251:former-ecsa-president-takes-piracy-concerns-to-european-parliam ent&catid=3:international-shipping-news&Itemid=63
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

IMO urges states to facilitate the passage of ships with armed guards
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The International Maritime Organisation , IMO, has called on port and coastal states to “facilitate”￾ the passage of armed guards and their weapons on merchant ships at risk of pirate attack.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52290:imo-urges-states-to-facilitate-the-passage-of-ships-with-armed- guards-&catid=44:latest-news&Itemid=64
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

China urges probe into massacre of sailors
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China on Thursday demanded swift action from three Southeast Asian countries as they investigate an attack on the Mekong River that claimed the lives of 12 Chinese sailors near the Thai-Myanmar border. One sailor remains missing.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52639:china-urges-probe-into-massacre-of-sailors&catid=3:internationa l-shipping-news&Itemid=63

Comment: I hope the get the miserable little creeps who did this.​
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Pirate Busters UK Ltd
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Piracy on Somalia's coastline is costing world trade a mind-blowing £10billion a year. The human cost is even greater. Last month Brit tourist Judith Tebbutt, 56, was kidnapped by Somali pirates and her 58-year-old husband David was shot dead. Last year Brits Paul and Rachel Chandler were released for a reported £600,000 ransom after months in captivity.
But hijacking oil tankers has become big business.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52796:pirate-busters-uk-ltd-&catid=3:international-shipping-news&Item id=63
 
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

Pacific Eagle-2011 exercise threatens pirates
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Russian-American anti-terrorist joint exercise code-named “Pacific Eagle-2011”￾ has started near the island of Guam.The Russian task force is led by the flag ship of the Pacific Fleet, Varyag guided missile cruiser and also includes Irkut medium tanker.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52842:pacific-eagle-2011-exercise-threatens-pirates&catid=44:latest-n ews&Itemid=64
 
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From The Navy News:

St Albans helps save the lives of sailors after pirate ordeal
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Sailors and Royal Marines from HMS St Albans helped to save the lives of three Bangladeshis who were thrown into the ocean by pirates.

The frigate offered medical assistance to the men, who were plucked from the water by a passing dhow after spending three days clinging to flotsam.
More at http://www.navynews.co.uk/archive/news/item/1961

Comment: Good show!​
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Hellenic Shipping News:

As world piracy hits a new high, more ships are escaping Somali pirates, says IMB report
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Piracy on the world’s seas has risen to record levels, with Somali pirates behind 56% of the 352 attacks reported this year, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) revealed today in its latest global piracy report.
More at http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=53215:as-world-piracy-hits-a-new-high-more-ships-are-escaping-somali- pirates-says-imb-report-&catid=1&Itemid=61
 
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Hello, Mike.
Strange stuff here in the UK. On the radio I heard that the Italians, who were rescued from Somali pirates by the RN, had secured their freedom by putting a message in a bottle and chucking it overboard from their secure armoured bridge hidey-hole.

This cannot possibly be true, surely? Quite apart from the fact that if you were designing an armoured section of the bridge, you'd include radio - surely? You couldn't rely on a message in a bottle?

If I recall correctly, jubilant scientists all over the world have been tracking a load of plastic ducks which fell off a container ship in the Pacific, and have been fetching up all over the world over the last 15 years. So you wouldn't expect a message in a bottle to get you rescued inside a couple of days, or expect the RN to be keeping a sharp look-out for floating bottles. Surely?
 
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>>This cannot possibly be true, surely?<<

If it is, it would have been a lucky break for the Italian crew if somebody in fact found that bottle. I caught this interesting story last week. You would think that the crew would have some sort of radio to do this. If nothing else, it would be more reliable.