My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator by education and former experience. Presently, I’m most popular maritime journalist in Russia, Ukraine and among Russian-speaking communities around the world. I’ve been involved in several world-famous accidents, including the hijack of ro-ro Faina and mysterious disappearance of timber carrier Arctic Sea (it was me in fact, who made that disappearance public, and because of that story I had to flee Russia).
I maintain Maritime Bulletin as a private maritime news and analysis website for almost 6 years. I grew up and lived in Soviet Union, under communists’ regime. I’ve been fighting their lies then and I still fight their lies now. But after Iron Curtain fell down, by and by I found a new Iron Curtain, still for me, an old one – Iron Curtain of lies and deceptions, of red-tape immunity, be they national or international, State or industry.
How can it be, that no one among my numerous friends, seafarers or shipowners, is approving activities of national and international maritime organizations, IMO and UN, ITF and affiliated unions? How can it be, that if we go to industry media and websites of maritime organizations and unions, we find entirely different from reality world, where they’re the elite, where there is no criticism, not even edible analysis of what they’re doing and how they’re doing it?
The industry badly needs criticism and analysis of the industry’s leaders, especially considering dubious nature of the leadership of all the organizations in question, starting from IMO, Round Table organizations and ITF, and down to national shipowners associations and unions. With every passing year uncontrollable activities of these self-proclaimed leaders bring to world shipping more losses and more risks.
My website is an attempt to fill in the growing gap between the reality and virtual reality, created by media. I accentuate on two problems out of quite a number of them:
Piracy: “Fighting Piracy” strategy of officialdom, which is absolutely contradicting the reality. What shipping really wants (and votes for it by hiring armed guards) is the strategy of “Protecting from Piracy”.
Maritime Labour Convention 2006: Oncoming Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 implementation, as an open attempt of ITF and affiliated Unions to monopolize maritime labour force on unheard before, very potentially risky, scale.
Anyone willing to help is welcome, be it on personal or corporate level. I’m ready to consider any proposals, from providing me with information, analysis and news, to sponsorship and establishing a joint online maritime edition. It won’t come too costly, anyway. Donations are welcome too, may be sent either directly to bank accounts given below, or through PayPal on my e-mail
email@example.com, but advertisements are preferable. Website has by now average 850 unique visitors per day, price is not high.
I'm living in Thailand, in province, not far from Laem Chabang and Sattahip
Marina, if anyone has a problem with vessel or yacht and would like some help,
I'll be glad to do what I can. In other words, I'm not against side-jobs,
actually during 2011 side-jobs were the main source of my income. As an example
of what I can do - one Moscow-based Bank asked me to find stolen yacht costing
some $5 million. I found the yacht and helped the legal owner to get her under
his control. I'm accredited in Thailand as a correspondent of one the most
popular Russian national newspapers - Novaya Gazeta, journalist status helps a
lot, when it comes down to fixing problems.
A few words about the quality of my English. It is poor, no question about that, but not that much poor to misinterpret or misunderstand the facts and analysis I’m publishing. If anyone can’t stand my English, being too sensitive, just leave my website and don’t ever return, go to perfectly englished and perfectly thoughtless official maritime websites. No regrets. One of the biggest problems of modern society I think, is infatuation with the perfection of forms and styles, neglecting the content. Piracy and MLC are very good examples of that rather sad fact.
Mob: +66 895 010574
Kasikorn Bank Public Company Limited.
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Klongtoey, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Account No: 607-2039309
A\C Name: Mikhail Voytenko
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