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Emergency Response Service on the Iridium Satphone

Free SOS Service Iridium Communications Inc. announces the GEOS emergency response service is now available to Iridium ExtremeTM satellite phone customers. At no additional cost to customers, Iridium has integrated the GEOS service into the SOS button on the Iridium Extreme.Launched in September 2011, the Iridium Extreme is the most advanced, rugged satellite phone in the market and is the first to offer an SOS button. As part of the Iridium ForceSM vision for future personal mobile communications, this GEOS service is an enhancement to the phone's location-awareness services available at launch."The GEOS service is one of the many new innovations we are delivering to partners,"said Joel Thompson, vice president, product management, Iridium."Iridium worked with a select group of portal providers who developed location tracking and messaging services for the launch of the Iridium Extreme. Since then, the Iridium Extreme has seen much greater demand from customers than we had anticipated and we wanted to provide them an additional level of protection. With the launch of the GEOS Emergency Response service, Iridium Extreme customers now have several options to manage their communications during an emergency situation. Since the SOS button is programmable, customers have the ability to use the GEOS ...

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Dramatic scenes as pirates invade Seaham

The scences are part of the film of the Save Our Seafarers campaign A terrifying hostage situation broke out as pirates seized control of a cargo ship and its crew at gunpoint.But thankfully these scenes in Seaham Harbour were staged as part of a film to highlight the devastating effects of piracy.Production company YourFilm was given permission by the owner of County Durham's only port and the Arklow Spray cargo boat to shoot the feature, which will be premiered in Athens next month before an audience of industry experts.PIRATE DRAMA: A scene from the film made in Seaham warning of the impact on modern-day piracy.The film is part of the Save Our Seafarers campaign and will be used to support the worldwide campaign which has been set up to support piracy victims and their families, especially those attacks launched in the Indian Ocean.Matthew Newman, director of North East-based YourFilm, led the cast of 12 and six crew during their visit to the harbour.He said: "It was extremely difficult to get any of the harbours to agree to let us film and Seaham was the only location which was sympathetic to the cause."The day went fantastically well, we got everything we ...

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SOS receives political support

Both the Philippine and British Governments have give their support Both the Philippine and British Governments have give their support to the SaveOurSeafarers (SOS) initiative.Seafarers' organisations, shipping companies together with business leaders and the largest group of shipping industry associations, recently joined forces to campaign against Somali piracy under the banner of www.saveourseafarers.com.In the UK, correspondence between members of the SOS campaign and the British MP Henry Billingham, Minister for Africa, the UN, Overseas Territories and conflict Issues, has led to the Minister expressing deep concern at the latest developments in pirate tactics, particularly the distressing and intolerable conditions in which seafarers are being held, as well as the increasing incidents of violence being used against seafarers.Billingham, said: "The (British) Government supports the campaign and the key actions it has prioritised. Together with the Minister for Shipping, Mike Penning and the Minister for the Armed Forces, Nick Harvey, I intend to hold another meeting with the shipping industry soon to discuss the action the Government is taking against the priorities of the campaign as well as the wider fight against piracy."In the Philippines, the Filipino Labour and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has said in a public statement that the world's ...

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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.Source: Save Our Seafarers

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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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