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Piracy costs world shipping industry $9B a year Last Updated on 2011-10-03 00:00:00 NEW DELHI (AP) — Piracy is costing the global shipping trade more than $9 billion a year, according to Indian ship owners, who on Monday demanded that the U.N. set up a maritime force to halt pirates operating off the Somalian coast in the Indian Ocean. Increased insurance costs, longer routes to avoid pirate-infested areas, armed guards posted on board ships and ransoms paid for the release of hijacked vessels and crew push up operating costs for the global shipping industry, said Anil Devli of the Indian National Shipowners Organization. Pirates from Somalia are holding about 26 hijacked ships and 600 crew in captivity. The Horn of Africa nation hasn't had a functioning government since 1991, and piracy has flourished. International militaries patrol the region, but the seas are too vast for the effort to halt attacks. The association has written to the Indian government to pursue... More »
Guidance vague on dealing with lawlessness on the high seas Last Updated on 2009-10-28 00:00:00 Given its usual caution on travel advice, the guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the maritime area in which the Chandlers disappeared is astonishingly vague. Sailors are warned to keep at least 200 nautical miles (370km) away from the Somali coast. While reports of pirate activity in the Seychelles are noted, there is no advice for sailors. Ordinary tourists are comforted with the knowledge that attacks have only happened hundreds of miles from the main resort areas. The confusion is in part due to the rapidly morphing threat from Somali piracy, which in the course of little more than a year has spread from the Gulf of Aden to the Indian Ocean waters off the southern Somali coast, and in the past few months all the way eastwards to the Seychelles and beyond. Somali pirates began attacking vessels in the remote waters of the Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone in... More »
How to make the ocean's surface your ceiling Last Updated on 2009-09-09 00:00:00 We have four and a half days of steaming from Fiji to the Phoenix Islands. During this "down time," we've been busy having science meetings, planning the details of each dive, getting to know each other. And of course, adjusting to the 12 to 15 ft. waves that have been playing with our stomachs for the past 24 hours. The NAI'A at sea Sickness aside, we're a third of the way to PIPA, which means we're making great time! As the waves have been rolling, I've had plenty of time to think about what we're doing here, what our goals are, and what to share with you in this blog. Hours of thinking later, I've come to this: it's all about floors and ceilings. Let me explain. In New England, we're seafaring people. We live in Coastal states, and many of us relate to the ocean in a very personal way. The ocean dictates much of our weather, and many of our activities. Yet, when we engage with the... More »
United Nations Declares June 8tth World Ocean Day Last Updated on 2009-04-15 00:00:00 In a lengthy resolution ttiled Oceans and the law of the sea, the United Nations declared June 8th World Ocean Day begining in 2009.   The resolution states “ Resolves that, as from 2009, the United Nations will designate 8 June as World Oceans Day;     The resolution also called attention to other focus issues of the Waves of Change campaign and set a global agenda for the oceans and ocean governance.   Some of the highliights related to to the Waves of Change Focus areas include:     Ocean Pollution   16. Also recognizes the need to build the capacity of developing States to raise awareness of, and support the implementation of, improved waste management practices, noting the particular vulnerability of small island developing States to the impact of marine pollution from land-based sources and marine debris;   98. Emphasizes once again the... More »
You Are Being Lied to About Pirates Last Updated on 2009-04-13 00:00:00 Who imagined that in 2009, the world's governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy - backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China - is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as "one of the great menace of our times" have an extraordinary story to tell -- and some justice on their side. Pirates have never been quite who we think they are. In the "golden age of piracy" - from 1650 to 1730 - the idea of the pirate as the senseless, savage thief that lingers today was created by the British... More »