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The release of Paul and Rachel Chandler
from their 12-month captivity in Somalia
after being captured by Somali pirates
was welcome news, said Anglo-Eastern
CEO, Peter Cremers in late December.
However, the enthusiastic media
response to their release took attention
away from the many hundreds of other
piracy related cases.
Cremers questioned the industry’s lack
of ability to use the media to provoke the
same type of response among the general
public and politicians to do more for the
plight of abducted seafarers.
“Was it [the release of the Chandlers]
not within the same fortnight that one or
two commercial ships were released from
captivity, each with 20 odd people on
board?” he said.
“Have we managed to get one
cameraman on board a just-released ship,
to see for ourselves, and show the world,
the physical and psychological damage
caused by the piracy?”
Reflecting on the possibilities and
options available to the shipping industry,
Cremers was critical of the industry’s lack
of ability to engage the media and create
the groundswell of public opinion
required to bring the issue of piracy to the
attention of politicians.
“Is it because insurance companies
help ease the problem? Or because most
of the crews are from developing
countries, therefore any media interest
is minimal? We saw what happened
when an American ship was hijacked:
[there was] suddenly massive interest
from the media, hero worshipping of the
captain, intervention by US Navy ships
and so on.”
Cremers was adamant that the
shipping industry needs to step up its
efforts to attract media attention.
“We are now supporting a piracy
industry – from pirates to negotiators, to
armed guards to cash suppliers – and we
have to stop this before it considered an
integral part of conducting our business.”
Cremers even suggested that the
Chandlers could spearhead an international
campaign and become ambassadors for the
“Since we professionals can’t manage
to solve the piracy issue on our own, let’s
ask the ‘yachties’ for help,” he said.
India announces ambitious ten-year ports plan
Massive increases in port capacity, shipbuilding and seafarer
numbers form the core of a new perspective plan from India’s
Shipping Ministry, launched January 13 by Minister of
Shipping Shri G.K . Vasan.
The Maritime Agenda 2010-2020 includes goals such
as an increase in port capacity to around 3.2 billion tonnes,
an increased share of global shipbuilding from the
current one percent to five percent, and an increase in
the number of Indian seafarers from around six percent to
Other aims include raising national ports’ performance to the
best international standards, promoting coastal shipping and
increasing India’s tonnage from approximately ten million GT to
more than 40 million GT.
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Use media to combat piracy, says Anglo-Eastern CEO
The hijacking of the Ro-Ro vessel ‘Faina’ on
September 25, 2008 was one of the flashpoint
events for the current awareness of uncontrolled
piracy causing danger to the lives of crews as well
as to property, a syndrome which had already
existed for many years. The danger has abated
little since then, despite general media curiosity
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