Most hijacked ships ignored safety precautions: Experts

Last Updated: Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:33

New York: Piracy experts have said that most of the hijacked ships off the coast of Somalia had ignored safety precautions, and up to 25 percent of the commercial ships that pass through the Gulf of Aden continue to do so.
An informal band of nations and organisations fighting piracy along Somalia`s vast and lawless coastline on Thursday vowed to try to persuade more merchant vessels to follow precautions adopted by the world`s leading shipping, cargo and insurance organisations.

These self-protective measures, ranging from increased lookouts to zigzag manoeuvres to the use of razor wire and fire pumps, are based on recommendations by the European Union`s maritime security centre for the Horn of Africa.

The pirates usually seize the ships or the crews without harming them, and they often receive what they want - tens of millions of dollars in ransom, paid in cash.

Diplomats told the anti-piracy group that both industry and the UN Security Council had helped the effort – the 15-nation council by giving countries authorisation to enter Somalia`s territorial waters, with advance notice, and use "all necessary means" to stop piracy and armed robbery at sea.

PTI

First Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:33
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