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PostHeaderIcon ... US Senator visits Somali pirates

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Just came across an article related to a US senator's visit to Somalia. What is especially positive is, what he says about it, such as

We need a coordinated strategy now because this is rapidly spinning out of control

or negative when he suggests

worldwide ban on paying ransoms

No question, ransoms feed the fad, yet I wish he had one of his relatives held hostage by those pirates.

The problem continues to expand and nothing is being done to actually slow it down. Before anyone tries to stop the payouts though, he should think of some far more reaching solutions, not the least of which being the elimination of the underlying problem, or the chaos driven country of Somalia. It is Somalia that needs help first.

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Last Updated (Monday, 30 May 2011 02:31)

 

PostHeaderIcon ... EU NAVFOR Somalia and more

Here is an official website for what it became to be known as the European Union Naval Force Somalia, or EU NAVFOR Somalia.

The unfortunate first impression is, that the home page delivers mostly the good news, while in reality the situation in the Somali pirate controlled region has worsened since the operation started. There is still however, a lot of up to date information on hijacked ships and maps like the ones below, so even though it is more focused on the "accomplishments" of the Atalanta campaign, it's worth checking regularly nonetheless. Check out available for download publications, for example the BMP3 report or Best Management Practice 3, with most recent update as of June 2010, or 78 pages of how to manage for high risk areas.

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These images show a weekly-updated list of hijacked vessels and a map of hijacking positions for each listed vessel.

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It is quite obvious from the map that pirates have literally taken control of the entire region up to coast of India and recent reports suggest, as far as the Straits of Hormuz.

Here is a link to NATO Shipping Center web site. NATO being involved in several operations worldwide, anti-piracy in Somalia region being one of them.

Here is a web site for Neptune Maritime Security , a self-appointed "World's Most Elite Maritime Security Specialists". The latter aside, as is the case with such web sites, there is good information posted and worth checking. Given the magnitude of the problem and shear number of attacks, no single web site is going to cover it all.

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Last Updated (Monday, 18 April 2011 15:06)

 

PostHeaderIcon ... An anti-piracy campaign web site and more

The time goes on, so does the piracy. And the Somali pirates are thriving more than ever. Ironically, this is all taking place as the international naval fleet is continuing its efforts to change the rules of the game. Unfortunately that is turning out to be more of a smoke screen than a real attempt to fix the long going problem. A very serious one. However, anything that the industry or relevant entities do to cope with the issue is worth supporting.

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The Save Our Seafarers campaign is one of those attempts. While I personnally have no faith in it as it basically submits letters to a designated by the supporting mariner country, there is at least a remote chance to have our voices be heard where it might, ultimately, make a difference.

The website is self explanatory. Just click on the Support Our Campaign in right top corner and it will take you to a simple set up page where you can enter you name and country of choice upon which the sample letter will be shown, so you can see what is being submitted in your name. All in all it can't hurt, so please support it.

On another note, here is the Ocean Beyond Piracy project. It's affiliation with OFE scares me personally, but that's a different matter alltogether. The project itself though is a good source on piracy and related issues. And that is always a good thing.

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Last Updated (Saturday, 09 April 2011 15:00)

 
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