Anti Piracy, Human Rights and other untold stories


Capt. John Dickie, Secretary General, IFSMA gave a presentation entitled''Anti Piracy, Human Rights and other untold stories'' at 2015 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum. He started his presentation with a statement made from research that '' Piracy and Armed Robbery are here to stay for the foreseeable future'' and explained that this not only shows a disturbing trend but also that the overwhelming and long term problem lies in the South China Sea. He stated that it is a non-disputable fact that armed security guards carried on board ships have been successful as there are no reported successful hijacking on a ship under way and carrying such personnel on board. He debated on IMB's concerns over the decision to compensate pirates and questioned the issue from the seafarers' perspective as they do have human rights and although they are abused, no compensation has evered received.

The2015 SAFETY4SEA Forum, a PRO BONO event, successfullyconcluded on Wednesday 7th of October 2015 in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting1100 delegates from 30 countries representing a total of 480 organizations.

A unique panel of 24 global experts presented latest maritime safety perspectives, best practices, security trends, loss prevention issues and human element challenges. Positive feedback on the presentations together with roundtable discussions proved the programme and speakers successfully addressed current maritime issues.

The event organized bySQE4SEA and sponsored byABS, ASPIDA, CHALOS & Co Law Firm, DNV GL, Dorian LPG, Hellenic War Risks, Hellenic Lloyd's Register, MAGSAYSAY, Marshall Islands Registry, Norsafe Group, Phoenix Register of Shipping, SpecTec Group, SQEMARINE, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, Thenamaris(Ships Management) Inc., Transmar Shipping and UK P&I Club.Furthermore, the event was supported by: ALBA Graduate Business School, AMMITEC, Chios Marine Club, Green Award, ECOMASYN, E, Hellenic Shipbrokers Association, , Hellenic Navy, Hellenic Committee of Lloyd's Brokers' Association, HELMEPA, HEMEXPO, Hellenic Maritime Law Association, Hellenic Society of Maritime Lawyers, International Propeller Club, IFSMA, MARTECMA, Piraeus Marine Club, University of the Aegean, University of Piraeus, WIMA, WISTA Hellas and Yatch Club of Greece.

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