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Seminar "Piracy and armed robbery at sea: How best to protect seafarers?"

3 March 2010

This seminar addresses how piracy affects seafarers, taking into account that acts of piracy and armed robbery have become more frequent and more violent, especially in the seas off Somalia and the Horn of Africa. It looked at the various issues involved from the seafarers' point of view.

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Presentations and seminar material

Agenda pdf - 19 KB [19 KB]

Summary pdf - 41 KB [41 KB]

Key notes

European Commission, Welcome address by the Chairman, Mr Fotis Karamitsos - Director Maritime Transport, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport pdf - 20 KB [20 KB]

European Parliament, Key Note Address by Mr. Brian Simpson, Chairman of the European Parliament Transport Committee pdf - 22 KB [22 KB]

European Commission, Closing Address by Mr Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport pdf - 22 KB [22 KB]

Measures to consider prior transiting a dangerous area

Mr Alfons Guinier, Secretary General of ECSA pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Mr Peter Swift, Managing Director, INTERTANKO pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]

Mr Giles Noakes, Head of Security Department, BIMCO pdf - 10 MB [10 MB]

Mr Jon Whitlow, ITF Secretary, Seafarers Section pdf - 37 KB [37 KB]

The answer of the insurance market and its consequences

Mr. Neil Roberts, Senior Executive- Underwriting, Lloyds Market Association pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]

Mr Nigel Carden, Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairman, International Group of the P&I Clubs pdf - 630 KB [630 KB]

Mr Guy Morel, Secretary General, InterManager pdf - 350 KB [350 KB]

Location and information sharing systems - effective European Commission tools

Mr Willem de Ruiter, Executive Director of EMSA pdf - 5 MB [5 MB]

A nightmare comes true: tales of captivity – Round Table

Captain Colin Darch, ex Master of MV "Svitzer Korsakov" pdf - 20 KB [20 KB]

Implications of piracy and armed robbery on the attractiveness of the maritime professions

Mr Koji Sekimizu, Maritime Safety Division, IMO pdf - 29 KB [29 KB]

Mrs Christina Vartsos-Tzannetakis, Unit C1, Directorate General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission pdf - 51 KB [51 KB]

Images gallery - Pictures from the seminar

Images zip - 387 KB [387 KB]


The Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) provides the very latest Gulf of Aden (GOA) Transit Guidance, Maritime Intelligence and Advice to Masters from the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR), as well as live piracy news. Ship owners, operators, managers and charterers can register FREE to receive alerts and report incidents, as well as submit their own vessel movements to EU NAVFOR.

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