Stop the "Fighting Piracy" Scam!
Russian

Its high time to assess the piracy risks not only in Africa, but anywhere in the World Ocean, because criminals of all flags and races already found out the evident - merchant vessels are absolutely defenceless and vulnerable to attacks, hijacks and robbery. Floating warehouses full of goods worth millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions dollars move around without any protection at all, except the height of freeboard and the speed. Shipping needs some radical change of security problem approach.

Legalize the arms and private security guards!

Piracy is a problem which cannot be fixed without addressing the root causes and whether you are off Nigeria or Somalia, without criminal prosecutions, an active coastguard, and realistic long-term solution, the pirates will remain and seafarers, vessels, and cargoes will be taken. Politicians (national, international and industry), experts, think-tanks, Navies brass and media made such an approach an axiom which doesnt require any more thinking or analyzing. Whether were talking about Somalia piracy, or Nigeria, or Venezuela, the answer is the same fight the roots by ample criminal prosecutions, and other realistic long-term solutions.

Whats this bullshit about roots and long-term solutions? There is piracy, and there is shipping, which suffers from criminal acts of the pirates. Criminals kidnap people, rob crews and vessels and steal cargoes, using two factors their superior physical force, and absolute defenselessness of their victims. Criminals are driven not only by their criminal instincts, but by the defenselessness of their victims as well. Thats why people invented protection.
Either we make the shipping safe by protecting each vessel, or we fight the piracy and the roots. Those two aims are absolutely different, alien to each other.

Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is working out a set of Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) under which armed guards will respond to violent acts. ISO has developed ISO/PAS 28007:2012 Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC). But its not enough, shipping security requires an International Convention on the use of armed guards, a worldwide recognition of the right of the shipping to defend itself from crime and violence.

Three steps can make shipping safe from piracy:
1. Rules for the Use of Force (RUF).
2. ISO Standards for private maritime security.
3. International Convention legalizing arms and security teams on board of merchant marine vessels worldwide.

Without first two, the third step is impossible. Without the third, first two are as good as useless.

# 286
Viktor Chyzh  Nov  13 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Fully agree!

# 285
Vigor  Nov  13 2012
Nationality:  Polska
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree!!!

# 284
YAN SHPAK  Oct  29 2012
Nationality:  RUSSIA
Position:  Management
Comment:  A military teem must be on board during of passing dangerous waters.

# 283
Helenna Peleshok  Oct  22 2012
Nationality:  RUSSIA
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree with you. Best regards!

# 282
Thierry R Bressol RO  Oct  10 2012
Nationality:  French
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I fully agree your claims. The Site-Captain of http://souvenirs-de-mer.blogdns.net/ and http://marine-inconnue.blogspot.com/2011/03/contenu-de-marine-inconnue.html/

# 281
Rene Toomse  Oct  09 2012
Nationality:  Estonian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Good initiative. However, even if the legislation will be there the vessels will need specially trained security guards for this task. The arms themselves do not provide the protection - trained experts do by using the arms properly. Think wider.

# 280
Vyacheslav  Oct  07 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I agree

# 279
Alex  Oct  07 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agreed

# 278
Evgeny  Sep  26 2012
Nationality:  Rus
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree, stop piracy!

# 277
John P.H. Dunn  Sep  19 2012
Nationality:  Australian
Position:  Other
Comment:  the UN and all governments should hang their heads in shame at the lack of action against these seagoing thugs.

# 276
Ivan Goryachev  Sep  14 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Completely agree! I've been working in west Africa since 2008.

# 275
Maksym Rozhdestvensk  Sep  12 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I agree with all above.

# 274
Chubukin Sergey  Sep  12 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I support

# 273
Garulya Vladimir  Sep  10 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Fully agree!

# 272
Oleg N  Sep  06 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Yes, agree it is time to do something with this common headache !

# 271
Gavrilov Vladimir  Sep  05 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Good idea

# 270
D. Menshikov  Sep  03 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree with the above, but as an additional suggestion I would offer to all countries to minimize the arrival clearance procedures/formalities to have 2-3 good DOGs on board... Would be not less dangerous for undesired visitors than heavy armed crew...

# 269
Alexander Aliev  Sep  03 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Fully agree

# 268
Anton Svyatenko  Sep  03 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Fully agree

# 267
ed rania  Sep  02 2012
Nationality:  filipino
Position:  Management
Comment:  agree

# 266
Tornike Supalogli  Sep  02 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 265
michael snyder  Sep  01 2012
Nationality:  USA
Position:  Other
Comment:  perhas missiles or heavy machineguns also

# 264
Oleg R  Aug  29 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Yes

# 263
Denis Pechurin  Aug  29 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Full agree

# 262
Pavlov Sergey  Aug  28 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 261
Vladimir Bodrov  Aug  27 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  stop piracy

# 260
Sergei  Aug  26 2012
Nationality:  Estonian/Alien
Position:  Crew
Comment:  yes, agry

# 259
Vitaliy  Aug  26 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Last 6 contracts in nigerian waters. There are no low, no rules, no mercy. And you are alone against local reality. All international maritime/human rights/ low etc. organizations have to stop this before nigerian waters become bloody.

# 258
Vladimirych  Aug  25 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Other
Comment:  time to do something, ISPS is a paper monster

# 257
Alexey  Aug  25 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Hope for your concederation regarding this matters

# 256
Oleg  Aug  22 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 255
Andrey  Aug  22 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Its very perfect idea! I am agree with you!

# 254
Yurii Zhovtan  Aug  21 2012
Nationality:  Bulgarian
Position:  Other
Comment:  CHANGE

# 253
Ivan  Aug  19 2012
Nationality:  russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I agree

# 252
Dmitry Kornev  Aug  16 2012
Nationality:  russian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Stop any marine piracy anyway and anywhere! Get safety to any civilian sailors and ships!

# 251
Vyacheslav  Aug  16 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  agree

# 250
Pacel Rub  Aug  14 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 249
Alexander Utkin  Aug  14 2012
Nationality:  Estonian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Yes.Agree.

# 248
F. Necula  Aug  13 2012
Nationality:  Romanian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I agree.

# 247
E. Osipov  Aug  13 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Agree

# 246
Boris Pitukhin  Aug  13 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  It’s time to see reality instead only business!

# 245
Sarmanov Vasil  Aug  12 2012
Nationality:  R
Position:  Crew
Comment:  No comments

# 244
Yuriy Degtyarev  Aug  10 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Link on this page to be shared to everybody

# 243
Andriy  Aug  07 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Yes, agree.

# 242
Vladimir  Aug  06 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 241
Manikantan edayilliam  Aug  06 2012
Nationality:  Indian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  I am a deck cadet in msc ship management

# 240
Alexander Medvezhenk  Aug  05 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree fully.

# 239
Jurijs Kozlovs  Aug  02 2012
Nationality:  Belorussian
Position:  Management
Comment:  agree

# 238
O. Vorodte  Aug  02 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agreed

# 237
Electrican  Aug  01 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Yes, Absolutely Agree!