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Save Our Seafarers Campaign has so far generated 10,000 responses

Action to protect seafarers from piracy and to stop the pirates The Save Our Seafarers Campaign has so far generated 9,967 responses from around the world calling on governments to take action to protect seafarers from piracy and to stop the pirates.Responses from India currently lead the way, in the wake of the continued captivity of seven Indian seafarers from the Asphalt Venture following a ransom payment to Somali pirates.Supporters from the UK, USA, Denmark and Philippines have also sent strong responses to their governments calling for action.Source: Save Our Seafarers

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India demands for paying less charges to marine insurers

Marine insurers should stop charging a war risk premium, already many insurance costs India wants marine insurers to stop charging a war risk premium on cargo ships plying the Indian Ocean that increases freight costs, and is lobbying the global maritime regulator for help in the matter.A joint war committee comprising underwriters from the Lloyds Market Association and International Underwriting Association on 8 January expanded large parts of northern Indian Ocean as a conflict zone, the eastern border of which extends to the west coast of India.This has raised insurance costs of cargo reaching or going out of the countrys western ports.Indias exporters and importers will also have to bear higher costs for transporting goods because of restricted availability of ships as many fleet owners may avoid using this route instead of paying higher premium, according to T.V. Shanbhag, group adviser to Indias biggest ship-broking firm, Mumbai-based Transocean Shipping Agency Pvt LtdConsidering that there have been no (pirate) attacks reported for the last two months within 500 nautical miles (926km) from the Indian coast, after the Indian Navy has taken remedial measures, it is imperative that the eastern boundary of the war zone be reduced to an appropriate longitude, M.M. ...

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Office of Naval Research introduces its first online wargame for piracy

The game suggests ways of combating piracy off Somalia coast This month, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is rolling out its first ever internet wargame intended to tap the minds of online gamers in order to find solutions to real-world problems facing the Navy.Scheduled to run for three weeks, the MMOWGL the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet exercise will recruit more than 1,000 online players to suggest ways of combating piracy off the coast of Somalia.MMOWGLI is an online game designed to find and collectively grow breakthrough ideas to some of the Navys most complex problemsthose 21st-century threats that demand new forms of collaboration and truly outlying ideas, said Dr. Larry Schuette, ONRs director of Innovation, whose office is managing the project.The piracy scenario was chosen as a means to demonstrate the platform, but MMOWGLI itself can be applied to any scenario, officials said.ONR intends to produce varying results from a diverse group of players drawn from the ranks of academia, defense, and government and nongovernment organizations. The plan is for MMOWGLI to identify solutions to difficult challenges by tapping into the intellectual capital of a broader community.We hope MMOWGLI will help us to understand what happens ...

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Piracy off the Somali coast costs up to $8.3 billions a year

Estimated by a new report from Geopolicity consultancy Piracy off the Somali coast costs the international community up to $8.3bn (5.1bn) a year, a new report from the Geopolicity consultancy estimates.That sum could reach $13-15bn by 2015, it says.It calculates that a pirate can earn up to $79,000 a year."Given the supply and demand for piracy services... there is plenty of room for expansion," the report warns. The EU Navfor anti-piracy force says 23 vessels and 530 hostages are currently being held.Geopolicity, which specialises in economic intelligence, forecasts an annual increase of 200-400 in the number of pirates operating off the Somali coast.Piracy cost between $4.9bn and $8.3bn in 2010, it estimates, taking into account the effect on maritime trade volume, the expanding area in which pirates operate and the more sophisticated tactics used to combat them.Piracy risks becoming a problem across African, Mediterranean and Pacific Rim waters, it warns.Total income to pirates and from piracy was $75m-$238m in 2010, the study says. And it highlights the earning potential of pirates in an impoverished country with few other opportunities, no government and no rule of law.While an individual pirate could earn $33,000-$79,000 a year, the next best alternative would bring ...

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EU NAVFOR French warship NIVÔSE disrupts another pirate attack group

A Dhow was suspected of being used as a Pirate Action Group mothership During the afternoon of the 13 May, the EU NAVFOR French warship FS NIVÔSE disrupted a Dhow that was suspected of being used as a Pirate Action Group (PAG) mothership since it was pirated over a year ago.The Dhow, which is suspected of having carried out several recent attacks in the Arabian Sea and which still has her original crew on board as hostages, was spotted by an EU NAVFOR German Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) earlier the same day. Once identified, the Dhow was tracked by the MPRA which guided the FS NIVOSE into position.In the morning of 13 May, the French warship and her helicopter approached the suspected pirate dhow and ordered her to stop. During the approach, several weapons and two attack skiffs were seen on board the Dhow.As she was considered to pose a very real threat to merchant shipping in the area and after several verbal warnings, the FS NIVOSE was forced to fire warning shots at the Dhow in an attempt to get her to comply. The warning shots were also ignored but the Dhow changed course back toward Somalia.Concerns for ...

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Piracy – Save our Seafarers Campaign

The campaign has six key priorities Several leading shipping industry organisations, including the International Group of P&I Clubs, are supporting the Save our Seafarers campaign which urges governments to take a tougher stance against piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean.The campaign has six key priorities:Reducing the effectiveness of the easily identifiable mother shipsAuthorising naval forces to hold pirates and deliver them for prosecution and punishmentFully criminalising all acts of piracy and intent to commit piracy under national laws, in accordance with their mandatory duty to co-operate to suppress piracy under international conventionsIncreasing naval assets available in the affected areasProviding greater protection and support for seafarersTracing and criminalising the organisers and financiers behind the criminal networksOperators and Industry staff are encouraged to visit the Save our Seafarers website and express their support by using the facility for interested parties to send a letter to their governments regarding the need for action.

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AKE Group supports new solutions to piracy

Unarmed measures such as safe rooms and security training On the day a South Korean ship was attacked by pirates, the Security Threats to Korean Business Operating Overseas conference, run by Assist Card Korea, heard evidence in support of intelligence-led protection and unarmed solutions to piracy from UK-based risk consultancy AKE Group.During the gathering of the biggest names in onshore business and shipping in Korea on 21 April 2011 the 75,000-ton Hanjin-owned Tianjin signalled an SOS to its owners in Seoul and the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs: it was under attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.The incident reflects an increase in piracy against South Korean vessels and highlights growing public support for armed solutions--as well as demonstrating the practical non-lethal methods that actually defused this attack.AKE Groups Andrew Kain, Richard Filon, Brittany Damora and Richard Mitchelson presented compelling evidence against armed guards, drawing on AKEs extensive operational experience with the shipping industry and analysis of piracy trends.Non-lethal techniques use intelligence to understand the modus operandi of pirates and their capabilities. Vessel hardening with wire and improvised tools, safe rooms to protect crew, security training and contingency plans come at minimal cost and promote risk-awareness. The ...

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NATO Shipping Centre weekly piracy assessment

5-12 May 2011 During the reporting period (5-12 May 2011) there have been five attacks, three approaches and one suspicious incident in total. None of these events resulted in the seizure of a vessel.The location of the suspicious activity near to the coast of Iran could be assessed as an act of maritime crime committed by local copy cats. All activities in this period occurred in the Arabian Sea between 10 and 25N, 55 and 70E.Actions by coalition warships along the Somali coast focused on identified staging areas used by the pirates resulted in the disruption of three Pirate Attack Groups (PAG). FV JIH CHUN TSAI 68, and JELBUT 24 have been retaken from the pirates. FV PRANTALY 12, although still in pirate possession, is no longer in a seaworthy state and, according to a pirate statement, will be returned without ransom payment in due course.Despite coalition force activities, there are clear indications that the pirates are preparing to increase their activity and trying to penetrate the warship barrier. One vessel, Jelbut 33, although repeatedly relocated by patrol aircraft, managed to pass the warships undetected and is now operating in the area 20 to 25N and 60 to 65E.Based on ...

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Nigeria launched three newly acquired Manta boats to combat piracy

The boats are designed to combat criminal activities in the sea To combat piracy on Nigerian waters, the Nigerian Navy yesterday in Lagos launched three newly acquired Manta boats."The combat vessels have high speed and adequate firepower to address the challenges in the maritime sector."The boats are designed to combat criminal activities in the sea, especially criminals who attack ships, waylay fishing trawlers and make the waterways unsafe,' said Commodore Jonathan Ango.Ango, who is the Commanding Officer, Nigerian Nay Ship Beecroft, Apapa, said the combat boats would complement the existing ones.According to him, the combat boats will replace the over 30-year-old boats that had been deployed to fight piracy, illegal bunkering, and vandalism of oil platforms.He stated any attack on the waterways was an attack on the maritime interest of the nation.Ango said the three vessels would be deployed in Lagos, South-East and the Niger Delta.Source: Nigerian Observer News

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