“Training and BMPs can deter piracy and hijackings at sea”
Karachi, 23 August: National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) hosted two days online workshop in collaboration with International Maritime Bureau (IMB), UK and Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Progarmme (MPHRP), UK on 21-22 August 2013 at Bahria University Karachi Campus. The topic of the workshop was Pre-Departure Piracy Awareness Training. The event was aimed to address the pre-requisites/ some of the most apt training requirements for seafarers to deal with the issue of piracy. The experts highlighted the idea that the merely approach to resolve piracy issue is to make seafarers resilient, to provide them sound professional training, ensure application of International regulatory measures and to adopt Best Management Practices (BMP’s). The online workshop was well attended by government officials, Psychologists, training counselors, experts from the maritime sector and representatives from seafarers community.
The 2 days workshop was conducted by Mr. Cyrus Moddy, Assistant Director ICC-Commercial Crime Services, UK, Mr. Roy Paul from Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) and Mr Hennie La Grange from International Maritime Bureau (IMB), UK. The menace of piracy can be reduced but cannot be eliminated due to unstable socio-political condition of Somalia. While sharing the statistics of global piracy hotspots, Assistant Director ICC, Mr Cyrus Moddy revealed that the graph of Somali Piracy has lower down and the Gulf of Guinea and Nigerian Waters have emerged as hotspot of piracy and armed robbery in recent years.
At present 168 pirates attack have been reported in year 2013 and 217 seafarers are kept hostage by pirates around the globe. Keeping in mind the current scenario and analysis of piracy incidence from socio-economic perspective, the workshop was concluded on the idea that seafarers community should ensure / undertake all safety measures pertaining to economical, physical and psychological training before going to the sea.