The falling number of Somali pirate incidents could spell the end of piracy humanitarian group MPHRP in its current form.
The future of the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) is under review, the organisation has told IHS Maritime. Funding from its main backer, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, is due to run out on 31 March.
The trust has offered to extend its support to the end of this year, but the MPHRP has yet to accept the offer, which comes with two conditions: that MPHRP joins another charity, such as the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) by the end of the year, and that it “refocus” its activities, given reduced piracy activity in Somalia.
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