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Somali piracy: getting the picture

What is the impact of Somali piracy? Despite extensive media coverage of the subject, not very many people, especially outside maritime security circles, have a clear idea. Travelinsurance.org, an online resource for  travel insurance, has employed information...

Piracy and the human spirit exalted

The story of Capt Seog Hae-gyun and how he dealt with murderous pirates to save his ship, the hijacked Samho Jewelry, and its crew is not just about bravery, exemplary as it was. It is ultimately about nobility - that state of being exalted in character that manifests...

Letter-writing on the piracy front

Yesterday, the ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) made public a very important letter dated 9th September 2011. It was written by David Heindel, Chairman of the ITF Seafarers' Section, to the US Navy's Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander...

Somali piracy and Band-Aid solutions

Yesterday, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) chairman Spyros M Polemis made a strident call at the Maritime Cyprus conference in Limassol for greater naval presence to counter Somali pirate attacks. He said governments had ceded control of Somali waters and the...

How orchestrate the piracy response?

By James Canning Sr Mr Canning Sr is president of FTS - Maritime Security, a US professional security agency that provides anti-piracy escorts for the protection of commercial shipping. In this guest article, he outlines a proposal aimed at achieving a more vigorous...

Who leads the anti-piracy orchestra?

Our intellect must have gone on sabbatical. IMO says World Maritime Day 2011 will be observed from 26th to 30th September. The exact date is left to individual governments but at the IMO headquarters in London, it's on the 29th. We don't get it. Why call it "Day" when...

ICTSI and the Megaports Initiative

Plaques of appreciation are so commonplace they tend to be trivial. Nothing trivial, however, about the one given recently to International Container Terminal Services Inc by the US Department of Energy. It cited ICTSI's setting up of a radiation detection system at...

Somali piracy: cutting the rhetoric

Two press releases popped up yesterday in our Inbox which touch on Somali piracy. One is from the SaveOurSeafarers (SOS) group, which has received a fillip from the Philippine and British governments' reiteration of support for their anti-piracy campaign. The other is...