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.

# 186
Alex  Jun  03 2012
Nationality:  Russsia
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Full agree

# 185
Andrey  May  30 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Both hands for!!!

# 184
ROman  May  29 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  agree

# 183
Roman Chechulin  May  29 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  100% agree

# 182
Artur Oganesyan  May  29 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Stop terror to seamans !

# 181
Mikhail  May  28 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Bravo, absolutely agree. Get you letter available for other marine web pages

# 180
Yevgeniy  May  28 2012
Nationality:  Lithuanian
Position:  Management
Comment:  100% agree. During Soviet times, when Masters had legal arms on board. No pirite was even aproaching ships with red funnel and red flag on.

# 179
NICK  May  27 2012
Nationality:  CANADIAN
Position:  Crew
Comment:  100% Agree

# 178
fedir  May  23 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Fully agree

# 177
Andrey Perevoznyuk  May  22 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Confirm the piracy and violence near the All-Africa should be stopped !

# 176
Gaykalov Konstantin  May  22 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Other
Comment:  signature

# 175
Sergey Rybin  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Other
Comment:  I support all ideas of this letter. I have been a seaman for more than 15 years and accept problems of seamen and shipping as my own. Please take efforts to protect seamen and all honest people from piracy!

# 174
Popov Alex  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Management
Comment:  sign

# 173
Pavel Kondratev  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Other
Comment:  Completely we support the given offers on behalf of all seamen of JSC NRSL

# 172
Victor Perfilev  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Completely we support the given offers on behalf of all seamen of J S C Northern River Shipping Lines

# 171
Alexey Petrov  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 170
Sergey Potapov  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Sing!!

# 169
Vitaliy Petrov  May  21 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Absolutely support

# 168
Kees de Ru  May  19 2012
Nationality:  Dutch
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Fully agree

# 167
Oleksandr Yatsyuk  May  19 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  IMO should help to stop piracy - it's high time to do something!

# 166
Iurii Tykhonin  May  19 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  At sea from 1977 & the Master from 1994 - support & agree such vital initiative - go ahead mates!

# 165
Yury Litvinov  May  18 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 164
Vladimir Smirnov  May  18 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Management
Comment:  IMO should undertake adequate measures against piracy.

# 163
Irina Boyarkina  May  18 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 162
Ashot Saakyants  May  17 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree full

# 161
Andrey Fedorov  May  17 2012
Nationality:  russian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Agree, of cource

# 160
Sergey  May  17 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 159
Volodymyr Shelest  May  16 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Deep sea Captain - 19 years in Master's position. Fully support

# 158
Evgeny  May  16 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Stop piracy!

# 157
Alexey Malykhin  May  15 2012
Nationality:  Ukranian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree !

# 156
Roman  May  15 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Yes

# 155
Andrew  May  15 2012
Nationality:  Belarus
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree!

# 154
Oleg Filippov  May  15 2012
Nationality:  Latvia
Position:  Management
Comment:  Officials must do their job. Otherwise they should be replaced by those willing and able to do the job. PROTECT SAILORS!

# 153
Fanel  May  15 2012
Nationality:  Romanian
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree.

# 152
Fyut Galina  May  15 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Other
Comment:  I'm a wife of the seaman.I'm always worry about my husband , my friends and I insist on protection ships by military soldiers.Pirates must know that they will get warefare, will be shot if decide to conquere the m/v and make a harm to the crew!!!

# 151
Igor Savas  May  15 2012
Nationality:  russia
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 150
Andriu Romanenko  May  14 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Management
Comment:  Agree

# 149
Valerij Tuminskij  May  14 2012
Nationality:  Lithuanuan
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 148
Karabanov Konstantin  May  14 2012
Nationality:  Rus
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Confirm,as above

# 147
Vladimir Bel'ko  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Russia
Position:  Management
Comment:  Fully agree

# 146
Ruslan  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Other
Comment:  Agree

# 145
Mihail Nikolov  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Bulgarian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 144
Mihail Nikolov  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Bulgarian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 143
Sergiy  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Ukranian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Full agree

# 142
Yuriy  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Ukr
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 141
Sergey  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Ukraine
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 140
Roman  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Russian
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Agree

# 139
Merli Abujaber  May  13 2012
Nationality:  USA
Position:  Crew
Comment:  STOP

# 138
Anastasia Bazhanova  May  13 2012
Nationality:  Ukrainian
Position:  Other
Comment:  Agree

# 137
Dushin Vitaly  May  12 2012
Nationality:  Russian Federation
Position:  Crew
Comment:  Fully agree