Piracy Violence Continues Against Seafarers

Posted by Eric Haun

The MPHRP highlights the hardship inflicted upon seafarers and families.

Responding to recent reports on current levels of international maritime piracy, the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) noted the trend that they appear to avoid the word “piracy” in favor of new forms of criminality, specifically “attacks” and “hijacking”. The technical differences denoted by these terms aside, MPHRP said a basic truth is veiled: that violent crime is committed against seafarers.

Of Somali-based piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean – the one region where the term “piracy” is accurately applied – Hon. Abdalla Jama Saleh, the Minister for Maritime Transport, Ports and Counter Piracy for Puntland, states that the pirates are “not defeated but dormant.” Jama Saleh is charged with leading Somalia’s counter piracy efforts by working with the international community to fight piracy inland and along the coast of Puntland. He spoke to Defense IQ about the decline of piracy off the Somali coast and how that has now given rise to new maritime challenges in the Gulf of Aden. In tandem with his remarks, it must be noted that the international community’s naval operations in the Indian Ocean, Atalanta and Ocean Shield have been extended until the end of 2016 amid warnings that, while Somali-based piracy in the Indian Ocean is held in check by multinational naval operations, pirates retain their capability to resume attacks, hijackings and hostage taking. The United Nations’ Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia has also been given an extended mandate by its members. Meanwhile, 30 seafarers are still being held captive by pirates on Somali soil.

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Source: http://www.marinelink.com

Maritime Security News:
An interesting first paragraph and something which I’ve discussed with a number of people lately. While we can rely on the media to call virtually any attack or incident at sea or riverine areas as ‘piracy’, there does seem to be a creeping trend to drop the word ‘piracy’ from some reports. Moreoever, the word ‘hijack’ seems to be something few like to use openly in reports, which is somewhat bizarre. Previously, if a Master lost control of his vessel by being tied up, most would agree that he had been hijacked. These days, not so much…


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