Monday, September 29, 2008

Joint statement: Response to Somali pirates inadequate says international shipping industry


The international shipping industry (represented by BIMCO, ICS/ISF, INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO and the International Transport Workers' Federation) is dismayed by recent comments, attributed to leaders of the Coalition Task Force operating in the Gulf of Aden, that it is not the job of navy forces to protect merchant ships and their crews from increasingly frequent attacks from pirates operating out

The pirates are now attacking ships on a daily basis with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, and currently holding over 200 seafarers hostage. The pirates are operating with impunity, and governments stand idly by.If civil aircraft were being hijacked on a daily basis, the response of governments would be very different. Yet ships, which are the lifeblood of the global economy, are seemingly out of sight and out of mind. This apparent indifference to the lives of merchant seafarers and the consequences for society at large is simply unacceptable.The shipping industry is utterly amazed that the world's leading nations, with the naval resources at their disposal, are unable to maintain the security of one of the world's most strategically important seaways, linking Europe to Asia via the Red Sea/Suez Canal.Since 9/11, the international shipping industry has spent billions of dollars to comply with stringent new security requirements, agreed by the international community to address concerns about terrorism. Yet when merchant ships - which carry 90% of world trade and keep the world economy moving - are subject to attack by violent pirates, the response of many governments is that it is not their problem and that ships should hire mercenaries to protect themselves.The arming of merchant ships, as suggested by the Task Force, will almost certainly put the lives of ships' crews in even greater danger and is likely to escalate the level of violence employed by the pirates. It would also be illegal under the national law of many ships' flag states and in many of the countries to which they are trading. The industry understands that military resources are stretched and that the Coalition Task Force is doing what it can, consistent with current rules of engagement provided by participating governments.But the international shipping industry, in the strongest possible way, urges governments to commit the necessary navy vessels now, and to ensure they have the freedom to engage forcefully against any act of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.Governments must issue clear rules of engagement to allow naval forces to intercept and take appropriate action against these violent pirates, and the oceangoing ‘motherships' from which the pirates are operating, as permitted by UN Security Council Resolution 1816, of 2 June 2008, and existing international law about the rights of States to repress criminal acts on the high seas.Governments must also ensure that these pirates and armed robbers, who are terrorising the high seas, are brought to justice in a court of law and are not allowed to resume their piratical activities unimpeded because of governments' unwillingness to take the necessary action.There should be no doubt that the situation is now so serious that major shipping companies, who are currently negotiating with charterers to avoid transiting the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea/Suez Canal all together, will decide to redirect their ships via the Cape of Good Hope. This would add several weeks to the duration of many ships' voyages and would have severe consequences for international trade, the maintenance of inventories and the price of fuel and raw materials. This would also affect not just those countries to which cargoes are destined but all global seaborne trade, a consequence which, in the current economic climate, must surely be avoided.A repeat of the crisis in the early 1970s, when the Suez Canal was closed and shipping was similarly diverted around the Cape of Good Hope, must be prevented at all cost, thus this call for urgent measures now - today and not tomorrow!It cannot escape notice that the supply of consumer goods - the majority of which are carried from Asia to Europe via this vital sea lane - could be also seriously affected.The international shipping industry recognises that the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO), with whom it continues to liaise daily, has acknowledged the massive severity of the problem and has similarly implored the United Nations and the UN Security Council to ensure that appropriate action is taken. But far greater urgency is required by governments and their navies, particularly those in the Coalition Task Force who are in the best position to restore security to this critical trade artery.We need action, not words or rhetoric. What is at stake are the lives of merchant seafarers and the security of world trade. ENDSNotes:UN Security Council Resolution 1816, adopted on 2 June, permits States co-operating with Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, for a period of six months, to enter the country's territorial waters and use "all necessary means" to repress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea, in a manner consistent with relevant provisions of international law.The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Article 105, states ‘On the high seas, or in any other place outside the jurisdiction of any State, every State may seize a pirate ship or aircraft taken by piracy and under the control of pirates, and arrest the persons and seize the property on board'. The rights of States to act against criminal acts at sea is reinforced by the IMO Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA Convention).Since 9/11, shipping companies and their crews have had to comply with the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, adopted in 2002, and various new cargo security requirements within the context of the World Customs Organization ‘SAFE Framework'. The cost of compliance, aimed at protecting the international community from the risk of terrorism, amounts to billions of dollars. Additional information about the most recent pirate attacks against ships off Somalia can be found at information about the international shipping industry can be found at www.shippingfacts.comFor more details please contact:BIMCOPeter Grube pg@bimco.orgTel : +45 44 36 6800ICS/ISF (International Chamber of Shipping/International Shipping Federation)Simon Bennett simon.bennett@marisec.orgTel : +44 20 7417 8844INTERCARGORob Lomas rob.lomas@intercargo.orgTel : +44 20 7977 7030INTERTANKOBill Box : +44 20 7977 7010 ITF Sam Dawson +44 20 7940 9260International Transport Workers' Federation - ITF:HEAD OFFICEITF House, 49 - 60 Borough Road, London SE1 1DSTel: + 44 (0) 20 7403 2733Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7375 7871Email:
Hijacked Ship's Captain Dies as Pirates Demand Ransom
Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- The captain of a ship carrying a cargo of battle tanks seized off the coast of Somalia died of a heart attack as the pirates demanded a $20 million ransom.
The death of the Russian captain, Vladimir Kolobkov, was announced by his second in command, Russian state broadcaster Vesti-24 reported on its Web Site today. It gave no further details. A spokesman for the pirates, Sugale Ali Omar, said one crew member had died from hypertension. more..
Growing menace
if international security is not already being threatened enough by hijacking planes in the sky, we have now a new threat to international order in the form of piracy on the high-seas.
It was thought that hijacking vessels was a relic of the past, but it is now beginning to resurface in the world at a time when regional and international security is increasingly breaking down in many parts of the globe.
The coast of Somalia, in particularly, has witnessed a surge in piracy; the latest being a Ukrainian-operated vessel seized by Somali pirates.
MV Faina’s cargo of combat tanks and other weapons was destined for a client in Sudan and not Kenya, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet said yesterday.
Almost simultaneously, a Greek tanker carrying refined petroleum from Europe to the Middle East was also ambushed in the Gulf of Aden, according to news reports.
It comes as no surprise that the Somali coast is a piracy hot spot, with 24 reported attacks this year, as the war-torn country has had no functional government since 1991.
This means that the international community must act fast to nip this problem in the bud before it acquires added dimension and becomes widespread and fashionable.
The fact that the case of an Egyptian ship held hostage more than three weeks ago ended peacefully following extensive negotiations with the pirates, is no relief. Negotiating with pirates will only whet their appetite for more ransom.
The major powers that have fleets sailing the seas and oceans must be mobilised to combat this growing menace. Pirates must know that they cannot get away with their ransom demands.
International armadas should therefore be assembled under the UN flag to abort every act of piracy by force if necessary in order to show that crime on the high seas does not pay. There is every justification for international intervention, especially in maritime nations that lack a central government and are devoid of law and order, to prevent the use of their shores to attack international shipping. The UN Security Council must convene an emergency meeting for this purpose, especially at a time when the UN General Assembly is holding its annual session, in order to deal effectively with piracy from whatever source. Otherwise this crisis may escalate into a major threat to commercial shipping and travel and in the process undermine international trade.

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Ex-Somali Police Commissioner General Mohamed Abshir

Ex-Somali Police Commissioner  General Mohamed Abshir

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre with general Mohamad Ali samater
Somalia army parade 1979

Sultan Kenadid

Sultan Kenadid
Sultanate of Obbia

President of the United Meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Egal of the Somali Republic,

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Seyyid Muhammad Abdille Hassan

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire

Sultan Mohamud Ali Shire
Sultanate of Warsengeli

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre
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MoS Moments of Silence
honor the fallen

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

Honourable Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre  and His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie
Beautiful handshake

May Allah bless him and give Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan

May Allah bless him and give  Somali President Mohamed Siad Barre..and The Honourable Ronald Reagan
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His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)

His Excellency ambassador Dr. Maxamed Saciid Samatar (Gacaliye)
Somali Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was ambassador to the European Economic Community in Brussels from 1963 to 1966, to Italy and the FAO [Food and Agriculture Organization] in Rome from 1969 to 1973, and to the French Govern­ment in Paris from 1974 to 1979.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac 'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.

Dr. Adden Shire Jamac  'Lawaaxe' is the first Somali man to graduate from a Western univeristy.
Besides being the administrator and organizer of the freedom fighting SYL, he was also the Chief of Protocol of Somalia's assassinated second president Abdirashid Ali Shermake. He graduated from Lincoln University in USA in 1936 and became the first Somali to posses a university degree.

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