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MSDF DISPATCH WILL CAUSE WAVES – COULD ANTIPIRACY OPERATIONS BE COMPROMISED BY LEGAL DIFFICULTIES ?

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 25, 2009

Jan. 26, 2009

The Yomiuri Shimbun

PUBLISHED BY ‘THE DAILY YOMIURI’ (Japan)

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PUBLISHED BY ‘THE DAILY YOMIURI’ (Japan)

Posted in BANKING SYSTEMS, CARGO PIRACY, COMMERCE, COMMODITIES MARKET, CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES, ECONOMIC CONJUNCTURE, ECONOMY, FINANCIAL CRISIS 2008/2009, FINANCIAL MARKETS, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, INDUSTRIES, INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, JUDICIARY SYSTEMS, PUBLIC SECTOR AND STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES, RECESSION, RESTRUCTURING OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR, THE FLOW OF INVESTMENTS | Leave a Comment »

SOMALIA, THAILAND, & SAUDI AMONG DFA FLASH POINTS IN 2008 – The year 2008 has been a challenging one for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) as it saw a series of pirate attacks on merchant ships in Somalia, the repatriation of stranded Filipinos in Thailand, the beheading of a Filipino worker in Saudi Arabia, and the mass deportation of Filipinos in Malaysia

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on January 3, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

by Charissa M. Luci

PUBLISHED BY ‘THE MANILA BULLETIN’ (Philippines)

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PUBLISHED BY ‘THE MANILA BULLETIN’ (Philippines)

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KUWAIT TAKES SWIPE AT ISRAELI RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN PALESTINE

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on December 10, 2008

Monday, December 6th, 2008

PUBLISHED BY ‘THE ARAB TIMES’ (Kuwait)

GENEVA, Dec 6, (KUNA): Kuwait condemned late Friday Israel’s human rights violations in Palestinian territories and its failure to include these violations in the reports submitted to the international community. This came during an interjection by Kuwait’s permanent mission to the UN in Geneva, made by Councellor Najib Al-Bader, during a work-team session of the Universal Periodic Review stemming from the Human Rights Council, tasked with reviewing a report submitted by Israel. Al-Bader said the report was void of any indication at the legal rights of the Palestinian people and overlooked all resolutions of the Human Rights Council and other international agencies.

He added that Israelis denied the Palestinians the right to determine their fate despite the fact that this right had been acknowledged by the UN’s Security Council and General Assembly, as well as the International Court of Justice and Israel itself. The Kuwaiti diplomat emphasized that enabling the Palestinians to determine their fate and establish an independent state on territories occupied since 1967 would provide basic guarantees for boosting human rights and consolidating global peace and security. He called for including a recommendation pertaining to this issue in the report.

Moreover, Al-Bader noted the suffering of Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, whom he said were held under harsh circumstances, while also speaking of the deteriorating health conditions of those hailing from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights held in Israeli prisons. He called for issuing a recommendation in the report over the importance of implementing all resolutions of the Human Rights Council related to the release of Syrian prisoners held in Israeli jails and ending occupation of the Golan Heights. The Universal Period Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN member states once every four years. The UPR is a state-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each state to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

Meanwhile, Kuwait deplored late Friday all acts of piracy and armed robberies against the ships off the Somali coast and urged the international community to join forces to eradicate the scourge. Addressing the General Assembly as it met to discuss the “Oceans and the Law of the Sea,” Kuwaiti diplomat Mohammed Al-Zo’bi emphasized the importance Kuwait attaches to the subject of oceans and the law of the sea. He said he was concerned at the increase in piracy and armed robberies against ships, specifically the recent hijacking of the Saudi tanker off the coast of Somalia, and stated that such activity threatened trade and maritime navigation, and jeopardized the lives of the crews on board.

In that regard, he commended the Security Council for its adoption of resolution 1864 earlier this month, which focused on strengthening global efforts to combat piracy off Somalia’s coast and expanding the mandate of state and regional organizations working with Somali officials towards that goal. He said that protecting the marine environment and its natural resources was also of utmost importance to Kuwait and called for a more integrative approach to expanded research and measures aimed at preserving the biodiversity of oceans and seas from the impact of manmade and natural climate change.

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PUBLISHED BY ‘THE ARAB TIMES’ (Kuwait)

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ENTIDADE PEDE BLOQUEIO MILITAR CONTRA PIRATAS SOMALIS

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 24, 2008

segunda-feira, 24 de novembro de 2008

Uma entidade internacional de donos de cargueiros pediu hoje um bloqueio militar na costa da
Somália para interceptar barcos piratas que se dirigem para alto mar. Peter Swift, diretor-gerente da International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, disse que uma ação naval mais forte – incluindo apoio aéreo – é necessária para combater a pirataria no Golfo de Áden, perto da Somália. Circulam pela área cerca de 20 cargueiros diariamente.

Muitas empresas estão considerando fazer uma enorme volta pelo sul da África para evitar os piratas. Isso aumentaria os custos em 30% e atrasaria as entregas. Os membros da associação concentram 75% da frota mundial de cargueiros. A entidade se opõe às propostas para dotar de armas as tripulações dos navios mercantes, pois isso poderia aumentar a violência e colocar em perigo os empregados, segundo Swift. “A outra opção é fazer um bloqueio junto à Somália e lançar a idéia de interceptar os navios que partem da Somália, em vez de proteger todo o Golfo de Áden”, apontou Swift.

Um bloqueio na costa somali de 3,9 mil quilômetros “não é fácil, mas alguma intervenção pode ser efetiva”, afirma o representante dos donos de cargueiros. A Organização do Tratado do Atlântico Norte (Otan) mantém quatro navios de combate na costa da Somália, nação assolada por uma insurgência islâmica, sem governo de fato desde 1991. Os Estados Unidos contribuem com o patrulhamento, que também conta com embarcações da Rússia, Índia, Malásia e Dinamarca. As Marinhas, no entanto, afirmam que é virtualmente impossível patrulhar o vasto mar ao redor do golfo.

Os piratas somalis ampliaram seus ataques, tomando oito embarcações nas duas últimas semanas. Entre elas, um superpetroleiro saudita, com carga avaliada em US$ 100 milhões. Houve até agora neste ano 95 ataques piratas em águas somalis, com 39 embarcações capturadas. Quinze navios, com cerca de 300 tripulantes, ainda estão nas mãos dos piratas.

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PUBLISHED BY ‘JORNAL DE PIRACICABA’ (Brasil)

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SHIPPING’S PREMIER LEAGUE DEBATE THE IMPACT OF THE CREDIT CRUNCH (South Korea)

Posted by Gilmour Poincaree on November 12, 2008

Posted: 11.11.2008

Organised by the Korean Register of Shipping attended by around 150 leading industry representatives SHIPPING CONTAINERSfrom the owning, building and classification sectors, this event proved an ideal forum to debate the current issues facing the industry.

The impact of the current financial crisis topped the agenda at last week’s inaugural Seoul International Maritime and Shipbuilding conference.

Conference keynoter, Lee Jae-Gyoon, vice minister at the ministry of land, transport and maritime affairs, admitted that the current economic downturn had hit harder than forecast but that Korea was well prepared to weather the storm. Mr Lee outlined a number of upcoming government initiatives and activities for shipping that included plans to further advance the technical and design standards for ships, strengthening safety management systems, an enhanced focus on environmental issues, heightened collision damage compensation and actions to help reduce global piracy.

The impact of falling freight rates was a theme taken up by many of the conference speakers. Some thought that oil and commodity prices would stabilise in 2010 but that the growth of the world fleet would necessarily slow down as ship recycling started up again. The financial squeeze might, some said, make older ships more economic due to lesser financing requirements which could lead to a general shift in the age profile of the fleet. Others thought that it would be the older vessels that were more likely to be scrapped as global demand diminished.

The recent boom years had driven vessels and crews to work much harder but recently, according to some speakers, there had been a reduction in collisions, groundings and other human element induced incidents leading many to believe that these would continue to fall as the pressure eased. It was also argued that human error was the root cause of 80% of insurance claims and that these were also likely to reduce as less than scrupulous owners would no longer need to send ships to sea with ill-trained, inexperienced or undermanned crews. At the same time, more focus could be given to improving the working life of the seafarers including better on-board accommodation, improved shore access and measures to reduce crew fatigue.

Some owners, it was argued, had been guilty of overworking their vessels and had been less than diligent in sticking to maintenance schedules causing an increase in machinery and other failures. A lack of repair and dry-dock facilities were also thought to have been a contributory factor. But low freight rates would cause additional problems for the insurance sector as owners filed more claims in an attempt to cover maintenance and running costs.

Shipyards were facing similar issues. Plummeting freight rates and vessel values had reduced shipyard liquidity but those building high quality vessels would continue to prosper, particularly in the current environment of ever increasing regulation. Specific issues facing the Korean builders – and echoed in many yards across Asia – were highlighted. They were concerned with the 255% increase in the price of steel plate (since 2002) and a shortage of skilled workers. More than 119,000 skilled workers were employed in the main Korean yards and the requirement was growing year-on-year. Many yards were now relying on subcontractors, it was said.

Speakers at the conference included: Peter Swift – Intertanko, Roberto Cazzulo – RINA, Simon Stonehouse – Brit Insurance Holdings, Kwon Oh-Yoon – Korean Shipbuilders’ Association, Lee Jin-Bang – Korea Shipowners’ Association, Clifford Proctor – OCIMF, Roger Holt – Intercargo, Michael Grey – Lloyd’s List, Peter Hinchliffe – International Chamber of Shipping and Lim Chin-Soo – KMI,

Commenting on the event, KR chairman Mr Oh Kong-Gyun said “Korea remains the world’s premier shipbuilding nation and one of the top global ship-operating countries. The core role of the Korean Register is to ensure the safety of vessels at sea and the protection of the maritime environment and this important conference has provided a forum to advance those aims. It has allowed us to give a much stronger voice to the Asian shipping community and to bring together leading representatives from shipping companies, yards and class from both Asia and Europe. Such has been the success of this conference that I am pleased to announce that it will become an annual fixture in KR’s calendar”

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