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Little Concern for Maritime Hostages

Roberto Giorgi, president of InterManager and V. Ships, has found during his travels around the world, that there was much attention paid to the plight of the Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for months before being rescued. However, there was little awareness of the fact that there continue to be hundreds of ship crewmembers in pirate custody.

While there are plenty of organizations that claim to work for the rights of seafarers, they have been able to do very little to present a cohesive front, and place pressure on the international community to tackle piracy.

Although international maritime authorities have laid out best practices to tackle piracy, many sections of the shipping industry worldwide fail to follow these measures. For instance, many vessel operators fail to offer shipboard security, exposing the vessel and the crewmembers to the risk of an attack.