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    Shipping industry outraged at execution and torture of seafarers by pirates
    Published: 03 February 2011 10:32
    Updated: 09 February 2011 13:09

    BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and the International Transport Workers? Federation are outraged that Somali pirates have executed, apparently in cold blood, a seafarer on the merchant ship Beluga Nomination which had been attacked and hijacked by armed pirates on 22 January in the Indian Ocean, 390 nautical miles north of the Seychelles. Three seafarers were reportedly taken aside for ?punishment? after an attempt by the Seychelles coastguard to free the hostage crew resulted in the death of a pirate. We express our deepest sympathy to the seafarers involved and to their anxious families.

    The international shipping industry is truly disturbed at reports that pirates have been torturing seafarers physically and mentally, often in the most barbaric ways, including hanging them over the ship?s side by ropes around their ankles with their heads under water and even subjecting them to the horrendous practice of keelhauling.

    We wholeheartedly condemn these violent acts and once again strongly urge governments to empower their naval forces to take fast and robust action against pirates, and the vessels under their control, before passing ships are boarded and hijacked.

    This latest particularly atrocious action appears to represent a fundamental shift in the behaviour of Somali pirates. The cold-blooded murder of an innocent seafarer means that ship owners and their crews will be re-evaluating their current determination to ensure that this vital trade route remains open ? over 40% of the world?s seaborne oil passes through the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The shipping industry will be looking at all possible options, including alternative routes, which could have a dramatic effect on transport costs and delivery times - piracy is already estimated to cost the global economy between $7-12 billion per year*. ... ummary.pdf ... 202011.pdf
    Can't find any stats for the range of nationalities being held, but it's over 1,000 last year, and over 700 still held; it seems that many are Philipino or African...

    There's apparently a surge going on... ... racy_1.jpg
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    Re: Somali Pirates: Keelhauling; Torture; Execution of Seafa

    Tying this up with the other thread.

    Although no one wants to see anyone put in danger/killed if the pirates do start killing hostages this may change the current status quo.

    Currently the reasons cited for not launching raids to re capture ships and hostages is that the hostages will be placed in danger and may be killed.

    The more violent the pirates become the less this is a viable position to take. If the hostages are going to be killed/mistreated in any event a rescue attempt becomes more viable.

    Increased levels of violence may also assist is having countries do more about the problem - banning ransoms taking more action against the pirates. Damage to property is one thing but when people start dying more seems to happen. ( even thou in economic terms it may not 'cost' as much ).

    Ultimately for the seafarer you are still not in any better a position as you are at an increased risk of harm.
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