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Old 10-30-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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ANKARA, Turkey - Pirates hijacked a Turkish ship with 20 crew off the coast of Somalia but at least six other ships have fended off pirate attacks in the past two days, officials said Thursday.

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Old 10-30-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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The ship is not actually Turkish, although its beneficial owners are. The vessel, a 229 m LOA bulk carrier registered in the Marshall Islands was on passage from Seven Islands, Canada to China with a cargo of iron ore. She was hijacked yesterday. LLoyds already had classed the vessel as a high risk but her insurers, U.K. Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Ltd, will derive no pleasure from that.

Another recent development in the area is reported by LLoyds Maritime Intelligence Unit:

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Gulf of Aden declared warlike operations area

David Osler - torsdag 30 oktober 2008

BRITISH shipping employers and unions have agreed to declare the Gulf of Aden a warlike operations area, in a deal that will double the pay of seafarers on many ships operated from the UK while serving close to piracy prone Somalia.

Although it is estimated that around half of all UK deepsea seafarers are already covered by a similar deal signed at the international level earlier this month, the practical impact of this latest move will be to extend the provisions to greater numbers.

The UK agreement between the Chamber of Shipping, Nautilus UK and RMT applies to vessels that transit the Gulf of Aden between 45°E and 53°E, for such time as they are north of a straight line connecting Cape Guardafui and the western tip of the Island of Socotra.

The co-ordinates were chosen because they represent the western and eastern extremities respectively of the Maritime Security Patrol Area, established by Coalition Task Force 150 as a corridor to protect merchant shipping from the depredations of Somalia’s pirates.

Operators of any ships choosing not to use the MPSA - other than for reasons purely related to safety of life at sea, weather, navigational safety or military instructions - are asked to allow seafarers the right to sign off.

Operators of ships in the zone should make special payments to all crew members of 100% of normal pay, payable in half-day increments, covering each day or half-day during which the ship is in the zone.

However, operators that arrange military escorts for ships, or onboard security teams to provide continuous monitoring and protection during the transit of the high risk zone, will not need to offer such incentives.

The agreement - which has already taken effect - will be reviewed by the Warlike Operations Area Committee, a joint employer-union body, not later than 28 November 2008.

A statement from WOAC added that it “remains gravely concerned at the threat to innocent merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and encourages the international community to respond as urgently as possible in an effort to restore conditions for a safe trading environment upon which world trade and individual national economies depend, as does the safety of seafarers and ships.”

It also endorsed the recent resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, the European Council and the European Parliament on the Somalia crisis, and urged the UK government to provide an international lead on the question.

Unions were clearly delighted with the outcome. A representative of Nautilus UK, which represents officers, said that the fact agreement had been reached after the inability to do so in the Lebanon and Georgia conflicts of the last period was progress in itself.

“We have had a lot of concern in recent years over what we felt was WOAC’s failure to recognise the changing security threat to our members in the post-9/11 world.

“This is the first time we have secured an agreement for which the criteria for risk is removed from the war context. The criteria has moved on, and that is something we believe is a real advance.”

A Chamber of Shipping spokesman added: “We are pleased to work with our partners to resolve this situation.”
It is high time to seak out these pirates and let them swing by their necks. The western world is getting too soft and politicaly correct. At some stage common sense has to take over.

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I'm afraid common sense is dead...

At least when it comes to world leaders...
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Wow...imagine sitting in Indonesia waiting for this craziness to come to an end so that you can finally make way through the Red Sea.
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Usually leave Thailand at the end of December.

Good news the the French have come up trumps again - they are putting 2 Combat soldiers on any ship for free.

We CRUISER LOG will shortly provide sailboats that are intending to transit the Gulf of Aden, with the CL designed and agreed by the Coalition forces the SAILING CORRIDOR for transiting the Gulf of Aden to members on a restricted basis.

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