Tor 3/2-2011 10.25
Søfarende tortureret af pirater
Tre søfarende gidsler fra "Beluga Nomination" som blev kapret af somaliske pirater d. 22. januar, er angiveligt blevet "straffet" af piraterne, efter et forsøg fra Seychellernes kystvagt på at befri gidslerne. Angrebet kostede en pirat livet.
Herunder er pressemeddelelse udsendt af:
ITF (International Transport Workers Federation)
BIMCO (The Baltic and International Maritime Council)
International Chamber of Shipping
ISF (International Shipping Federation)
2. februar 2011
Shipping industry outraged at execution and torture of seafarers by pirates.
BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and the International Transport Workers’ Federation are outraged that Somali pirates have executed, apparently in cold blood, a seafarer on the merchant ship Beluga Nomination which had been attacked and hijacked by armed pirates on 22 January in the Indian Ocean, 390 nautical miles north of the Seychelles. Three seafarers were reportedly taken aside for ‘punishment’ after an attempt by the Seychelles coastguard to free the hostage crew resulted in the death of a pirate. We express our deepest sympathy to the seafarers involved and to their anxious families.
The international shipping industry is truly disturbed at reports that pirates have been torturing seafarers physically and mentally, often in the most barbaric ways, including hanging them over the ship’s side by ropes around their ankles with their heads under water and even subjecting them to the horrendous practice of keelhauling.
We wholeheartedly condemn these violent acts and once again strongly urge governments to empower their naval forces to take fast and robust action against pirates, and the vessels under their control, before passing ships are boarded and hijacked.
This latest particularly atrocious action appears to represent a fundamental shift in the behaviour of Somali pirates. The cold-blooded murder of an innocent seafarer means that ship owners and their crews will be re-evaluating their current determination to ensure that this vital trade route remains open – over 40% of the world’s seaborne oil passes through the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea. The shipping industry will be looking at all possible options, including alternative routes, which could have a dramatic effect on transport costs and delivery times - piracy is already estimated to cost the global economy between $7-12 billion per year*.
- * Summary of report The Economic Cost of Piracy
- International Maritime Bureau website http://www.icc-ccs.org/home/piracy-reporting-centre
The Round Table of international shipping associations:
BIMCO Peter Grube firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +45 44 366800
ICS/ISF Simon Bennett email@example.com Phone +44 20 7417 2857
INTERCARGO David Jones firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +44 20 7977 7035
INTERTANKO Bill Box email@example.com Phone +44 20 7977 7023
ITF Sam Dawson firstname.lastname@example.org Phone +44 20 7940 9260