Southeast Asia’s Piracy Headache






It looks like 2014 may have been the most dangerous year for Asian seafarers in almost a decade. According to the Singapore-based Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), 183 actual or attempted attacks took place in Southeast Asian waters during 2014. This figure represents a marked increase from 150 in 2013 and 133 in 2012, and is the highest since 2006.

The latest figures released by the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) Piracy Reporting Center corroborate ReCAAP’s findings and show a similar increase in attacks in 2013 and 2014. Since a total of 245 attacks

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Ghana: Minute By Minute Account of How Chinese Fishing Vessel Was Hijacked




All Africa

12 February 2015



Piratas atacan buque petrolero griego cerca de costas de Nigeria y Camerún




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People daily

Un buque petrolero griego fue atacado por piratas cerca de las costas de Nigeria y Camerún, lo que resultó en la muerte de un oficial griego y en el secuestro de tres miembros de la tripulación, indicó hoy la Guardia Costera de Grecia.

El buque "Kalamos" con bandera de Malta zarpó de China con rumbo a Nigeria y no estaba cargado durante el ataque, informó el Ministerio de Marina Mercante de Grecia. El buque petrolero fue fletado por una refinadora de India, según información preliminar.

El subcomandante resultó lesionado de muerte durante el ataque armado que ocurrió mientras el buque petrolero estaba a punto de ser cargado en una terminal petrolera cercana. Los piratas huyeron con tres rehenes, dos griegos y un ciudadano extranjero.

Aún se desconoce si los miembros de la tripulación resultaron heridos.

El "Kalamos" tenía una tripulación de 23 miembros, incluyendo a 10 griegos, informó la Guardia Costera de Grecia. F




Tanzania: Dar Keen to Enhance Maritime Security, Fight High Sea Piracy





TANZANIA is committed to taking all necessary and acceptable actions to enhance maritime security and work together with regional and international partners to fight piracy.

Speaking for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the just-ended judicial exhibition week in Dar es Salaam last week, Senior State Attorney Mohamed Salum told the 'Daily News' that fighting maritime piracy was not the undertaking of a single country.

"As a move to foster the Regional and Global progress on the prosecution of pirates, the country developed the National Plan to Combat Maritime Piracy aimed at consolidating national efforts for combating piracy," he said.

The plan, the trial attorney said, would assist the government to promote Maritime Security through

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MPHRP: Signposting for Mental Health Support




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By Joseph R. Fonseca
Monday, February 02, 2015

Front, L-R Yasmin and Chester from SeafarerHelp (ISWAN) & Dirk and Martin (Deutsche Seemannsmission). Back, L-R Hennie and Alexander from MPHRP, Gavin from March on Stress, and Roy and Chirag, also from MPHRP.

It is only after some time following traumatic events that mental health complications may surface. Assessment immediately after such events would most probably show signs of the common and perfectly normal after effects of extraordinary life events.

While research is scant, all indications are that seafarers respond to trauma as we all do. We are usually quite resilient. We recover over time. Only very few of us experience

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