- transport policy | maritime transport
Seminar "Piracy and armed robbery against shipping: to prevent, deter, protect and fight against an actual threat"
21 January 2009
The seminar focussed on the growing number of acts of piracy and armed robbery and its consequences on the global economical and geopolitical situation, as well as on its impact on the Human Element.
The number of attacks by pirates and armed robbers against merchant vessels, in particular in the seas off Somalia and the Horn of Africa, has escalated in frequency and violence. An increase in attacks by pirates and armed robbers has also been reported from other parts of the world, such as the Mozambique Channel, some areas off the coast of India and the Caribbean, as well as in the Niger Delta and in the South China Sea. The situation in the Malacca and Singapore Straits is improving but this area remains problematic.
Presentations and seminar material
European Commission : Vice-President Antonio Tajani
European Parliament : Mr Paolo Costa, Chaiman of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN)
European Commission : Dr Joe Borg, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and fisheries
State of Play on the threat posed by piracy and armed robbery against shipping
Somali Piracy : the challenge continues - Capt. Pottengal Mukundan - International Maritime Bureau (IMB)
Consequences of the attacks of piracy and armed robbery on the stability of the global economy, geopolitics and human element
Consequences of a possible “re-routing” - Mr Claude Moniquet - European Strategic Intelligence and Security (ESISC)
Economic consequences of piracy - Prof. Gustaaf de Monie- Policy Research Corporation (PRC)
Consequences on the human element - Capt. Christer Lindvall - International Federation of Shipmasters' Associations (IFSMA)
Legal aspects of piracy and armed robbery against shipping
Dr Agustín Blanco-Bazán - IMO Legal Service
Mr Peter Csonka, Head of Unit - European Commission (DG JLS)
Ship self-defence against the threat of piracy and armed robbery against shipping: practical measures, examples of good practices, recommendations
Best management practices - Mr Alfons Guinier - ECSA
Practical Self Defence Measures - Mr Giles Noakes - BIMCO
Positive measures - Captain Rodger MacDonald – IFSMA
The way forward
Preventing and deterring piracy - Mrs Birgit Sølling Olsen - IMO Correspondance Group on piracy
EU NAVFOR - Commander Snowy Lintern - Operation Atalanta
Mr M. Golubiewzki / Mr G. Balzarro - Commission (DG DEV)
Dr Agustín Blanco-Bazán - IMO Secretariat (coming soon)
Critical Maritime Routes - Mr Cleostrate / Mr Birocchi - Commission: DG RELEX / AIDCO
Maritime security: protecting maritime transport from piracy [IP/09/83, 21/01/2009]
Images gallery - Pictures from the seminar
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