Crisis Response

Good Practice Guide for Shipping Companies and Manning Agents

Humanitarian support of seafarers and their families in cases of armed robbery and piracy attack. “Piracy and armed robbery continue to threaten the international shipping community. Despite diplomatic, military and other initiatives by governments and their agencies, and protective measures and other actions adopted by shipping companies, ships are still attacked and seafarers put at risk as they go about their legitimate business. While acknowledging the actions of governments, the United Nations, the International Maritime Organization, and the Contact Group…

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Somali Hostage Living in Hope

Nhem Soksan sat on his hammock under a shady tree in the middle of what would typically have been a work day, trying not to think about the 1,672 days he spent as a captive of Somali pirates. The 37-year-old just lazed around because he is still unemployed some three months after he and three other Cambodians were rescued from Somalia. Mr. Soksan is waiting to attend a trade school to learn to become a mechanic so he can resume…

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News from the Crisis Response Centre – Nigerial Prisoner Release; Bereavement Onboard

The CRC has been operating since July 2015 and has been able to help so many.  Although the situations are often traumatic, the CRC team has come away from these situations having given hope to those desperate for help. Prisoners Released in Nigeria You may recall our report of the crew of the vessel the MT MARO who were imprisoned in Nigeria in the last edition. No outstanding wages were paid to the seafarers’ families, no contact or visits from…

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