According to the UN report, Pirates off the coast of Somalia and the Horn of Africa have made nearly $339 million to $413 million in ransom money from the ship owners.
In the latest call UN Security Council called on the international community to fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea.
Also it said that the pirates are engaged in to “continue to rely on kidnapping and hostage-taking,”
In its resolution, the Council urged Member States to work in conjunction with relevant international organizations to adopt legislation to facilitate prosecution of suspected pirates, as well as to cooperate on the issue of hostage-taking. This money is poured in to purchase weapons, gain recruits, and continue their operations activities, thereby jeopardizing the safety and security of civilians and restricting the flow of free commerce.
Also the council commended Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania for their efforts to prosecute suspected pirates in national courts.
Further more they asked their Member States to fight piracy by deploying naval arms, military aircraft and by supporting counter-piracy forces, as well as by seizing and disposing boats, arms and other equipment suspected in piracy.
The Council called on Somali authorities to interdict piracy, and to investigate and bring to justice “those who are using Somali territory to plan, facilitate, or undertake criminal acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea.
Sea Pirate Business Broken.
Sea pirate business is temporarily broken by the international Navy guards and the onboard private security personal that were deployed by the ship owners and they have powers to shoot intruders such as pirates. This kind of actions had laid the pirate’s job less and they are now looking for other ways to make money. Or they may wait till the Navy ships and the private security personal to be reduced in their operating areas.
International maritime agencies reports says that there were just four cases of attack by bthe Somali pirates within the first six months of this year where 45 cases were reported in the first 6 months of period last year. Two ships were attacked and captured by the Somali pirates but the quick action by the international navies had made them recapture those ships from the hand of the pirates before they reach the shores off Somalia.
According to the IMB said Somali pirates were still holding 57 crew members from four vessels for ransom money. Mean while they are also holding 11 kidnapped crew members in unknown conditions and locations. Four of the crew members have been held since April 2010, and seven since September 2010 according to their reports.
Ship workers are still advised to be on alert when sailing through such pirates infected areas.
Dry Dock Jobs.
Graving dock or floating dock there are hundreds of jobs are available for the merchant marine officers and crew members if they have enough experience and certificates. There are many recruiting companies looking for people to fill suitable vacancies in the dry docks. Most of the seaman and engineers will find team work jobs that they had done in the merchant ship.
Many dry docks that are operating in Singapore and Gulf states are in need of suitable experienced people to fill suitable posts in their companies. Good salary, Bonus, travelling allowance food and lodging are paid for suitable candidates. Most of the jobs are similar to the ones in the merchant ship other than some particular jobs that are special in dry docks.
Safety and fire fighting are very important in these kinds of profession where all the seamen and marine officers had good experience through their sea life.
Also people can learn and get certification to do some other good paying jobs like heavy weight crane operators and so on. Metal workers including gas welders, electric welders and under water welders have good opportunities in this sector of service providers to the ships.
Many people, had joined as helping hand in this trade and had learn many other trades here and then leave those jobs and get proper industry certification and had joined in suitable posts and are making good salaries in these dry docks.
Merchant Ship Jobs and Safety.
Piracy at high seas are more dangerous than the other hazards that the seaman are facing on their daily routine life. Recently
Kuala Lumpur High Court sentenced seven of the Somali pirates 8 – 10 years imprisonment when they pleaded guilty to firing at Malaysian troops who were stationed on board a tanker M/T BungaLaurel in the sea about 600 kilometres off Muscat in the Gulf of Aden in 2011 when it was was carrying lubricating oil and ethylene dichloride en route to Singapore.
The pirates were captured by the Royal Malaysian Navy when they stromed the ship few hours later the pirates took control of the tanker ship.
Mean while nearly 100 seaman are suffering in the hands of the Somali pirates when they were captured along with their ships. Many companies had abondned their ships and the crew members. Now the crew member’s families are begging the authorities and the agents for the release of their loved ones from the captivity.
Two Ships Collide in Philippines.
A passenger ship and a merchant ship collided in the Mactan Channel near to Cebu City on 16th August 2013 at around 9.00 PM. The passenger ship MV St. Thomas Aquinas which was carrying nearly 850 people sank in the water after the collission. It sent out a distress signal to Coast Guard before it went down.
The merchant ship M/V Sulpicio Express which was damaged in the bow section was carrying 20 crew members and they assisted in the rescue operation too. Nearly 40 people are dead and 80 others are missing where another 750 people were rescued from the collision site.
Navy and Coast Guard along with the locals are helping in the rescue efforts.
IMO is very serious to allow people on the ship’s bridges to be familiar with the English language. Many officials and crew members are trained and taking jobs in their local language in many pert of the world. When these people are in command of a ship and when they are in collision course with another ship or in disastrous situation they are in awkward situation as they can’t communicate with the other people in command through English language to avoid that situation. So it is now compulsory for each officer and crew member to pass the English language proficiency examination held by certified authorities. This can allow the seafarers to communicate freely with the other ships or authorities when they are in trouble along with their ship and its crew members..
3 Somali Pirates Sentenced in USA.
3 number of Somali pirates who were found to be involved in the deaths of 4 Americans were sentanced to life imprisonment recently. The verdict was issued in Norfolk, Virginia, USA where jury of seven women and five men found that those Somali people are responsible for the death of og those four Americans Scott Adam, 70, and Jean Adam, 66, Bob Riggle, 67, and Phyllis Macay.
Earlier federal prosecutors said that death penalty should be given to Ahmed Muse Salad, 25, Abukar Osman Beyle, 20, and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar, 29, for the February 2011 shooting deaths aboard a 58-foot yacht. According to them they were part of a team of 19 with mother boat, attack boat and other necessary items that were used to attack ships and capture them. Once they capture the vessel they will move it to Somali cost and will demand ransom money for the release of the ships and the ship crew.
In this particular case their attempts were failed and were captured by the US navy SEAL commandos after storming the 58-foot yacht.
Survived Seaman back in the hands of Somali pirates.
There were some seaman held as captives by the Somali pirates with their Malaysian ship M/V Albedo a cargo vessel. Due to the storm that passed the Somali shores the ship drowned and the seaman on board escaped the storm with their ships’ lifeboat but not from the pirates whom are asking money from the ship owner. Now the ship had gone with the sea and the ship owner is not responding to their calls. There are at least 11 seaman in the hands of the pirates where 3 of them are Sri Lankan. While 4 of them are missing or unaccounted. They are allowed to call their homes by the pirates. Malaysian flagged vessel M/V Albedo was captured by the pirates in 2010 with 20 crew members in this 20, 7 of the Pakistan origin seaman were released last August and the remaining are from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran. Now they are kept in a fishing boat with the name FV Nahem 3. Recent activities of the Somali pirates are largely reduced in the seas as international naval paroling from China, Europe, United States and Russia is guarding the sea lanes and fighting off the armed Somali pirates.
8 Sri Lanka Seamen stranded on a ship in the Panama Region.
8 number of Sri Lanka seafarers recruited by Colombo recruiting agents are now looking for the assistance of the International Transport workers Federation (ITF) to return home after 10 months of ordeal in the abandoned ship laying in anchorage with out food and salary. They each paid nearly US$ 2,500 for to get the onboard job. They boarded the 50 years old ship M/V Sonikalas which is flying the Nicaraguan flag.
The bad thing is that the seamen did enter in to the contract with out the knowledge of the shipping ministry. Normally the Sri Lanka seaman will have to inform to the shipping ministry about the job offer, about the recruiting shipping agent and their documents to show their ability before signing the contract or article.
Now in their situation the ship is not worth enough to be sold and settled their wages and on the other hand the ship owner a Sri Lanka is not available for contacts. Actually the ship’s net worth is estimated to be around US$ 40,000 only. The crew members had stated that they want to go back to their homes with or with out their salaries.
According to officials that the seaman didn’t have enough chance to get the European visas to take the short route to their homes. So they will now have to look for the long distance journey through the Far East countries where the flight tickets will be cheaper one.
Mean while authorities in Sri Lanka are trying out to find out the recruiting agents who took money from the crew for offering the jobs. If they can track them it will be easy for the seaman to come back to home with their funding.
Mean while the crew is currently surviving on hand outs provided by a local bunkering firm in Panama.
We firmly request seamen to get jobs through the popular recruiting agents and insist them to register your job through the relevant Government shipping authorities to ensure safe working conditions and payment of your monthly salary from the ship owner/company to your hands or to your bank account.
Failure to do so will land you in dire troubles, some time even can end up with the loss of human lives.
Also before you make your travel plan check the history of the ship through the maritime ship registry books.
Job opportunities on U.S. flag commercial vessels.
These jobs are available only for those people who have work permit in the USA. There is no course fee but it may cost around US$ 1,500 altogether when you complete the course. Training will cover duties and responsibilities of seamanship through 3 kinds of shipboard departments which will include deck, engine and steward. This program is good for the entry level seaman who wants to travel allover the world while they are making money on merchant vessels. Completing the Unlicensed Apprentice Program, you will have the skills necessary to begin a career as a seafarer.
The U.S. merchant maritime industry employs men and women who work on a variety of vessels in the deck, engine and steward departments. If you become a mariner, you will have job opportunities in different sectors of the maritime industry. Jobs are available on U.S. flag commercial vessels sailing on the deep seas, inland waterways and Great Lakes; including cargo vessels, tugs and cruise ships. There are also civilian mariner positions available on military vessels operated by private maritime companies, as well as on vessels owned and operated by the U.S. Navy and other government agencies.
The Unlicensed Apprentice (UA) Program will take nearly one year to complete, and it includes a combination of classroom training and an apprenticeship on board a vessel.
Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education. Piney Point, Maryland, Washington D.C.
Somali pirates turn to fishing?
Somali pirates are not very successful for the last one year period where onboard armed security and the international guards on their seas had made them to stay shore or to work only in fishing boats. Mean while those captured Somali pirates are waiting for trails in foreign countries or serving their prison terms in those country’s prisons.
It doesn’t mean that all the seaman passing these pirates infected waters are happy and sleeping well in their off time. Still they are nervous and make preparations against those pirate attacks. Lights are well lit on the deck, guards are stationed in positions, every one are on alert and the fire pumps are running against the possible pirate attack.
People may forget those sailors who were killed by those merciless pirates for money. But the seafarer community will remember those innocent lives which took the sea life to feed their families in far away lands. Most number of seamen were from Philippines who suffered bad treatments at the hands of these notorious sea pirates.
Now the sailing in these troubled waters seems in little better conditions for the ships and the crew members and their families too. Well we hope the situation will become more secured for the seafarers who are serving onboard vessels all over the world whether they are small or larger ones.