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Can Taiwanese flagged ships hire armed guards?

In order to combat pirate attacks like the one suffered by captain Wu Lai-Yu and his ship Jih Chun Tsai No. 68 mentioned in my previous post, the Taiwanese Legislative Yuan has in recent years authorized the use of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP), or armed guards, on board Taiwanese flagged vessels. 296 more words


Widow of Taiwanese fisherman captured by Somali pirates loses in US court

Maritime piracy is a serious transnational issue. Eighteen incidents were reported worldwide last month alone, 3 of which were in West Africa, 1 in South America, and the rest in Southeast Asia. 471 more words


Italian Ferry Burns at Sea

On December 28, 2014, the Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire and burned at sea. You can watch a clip from a passenger’s persepective here. The ferry is flagged in Italy and was operated by ANEK Lines, a Greek company. 651 more words


Suffer the children

Aggression is the Abbott government’s automatic mode of operation, and nobody does it better than Scott Morrison, the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (for “border protection” read “keep refugees out”). 889 more words

Current Events

Cruising Crisis? IHS Maritime Report states 323 deaths in 2014

By Jonathan Di Feo

An article published last week, based on IHS Maritime casualty data, showed that there were 87 passenger ship incidents in 2014, which is down from 176 incidents in 2013. 246 more words


Ingunn Sigurdsdatter: How can we reclaim sovereignty and control of our lives?

Ingunn Sigurdsdatter at the Open Mind Conference 2014.

“How can we reclaim sovereignty and control of our lives?”

“Ingunn Sigurdsdatter was working as a university teacher and was co-owner of a successful tour operating company, when she experienced an abrupt awakening on all levels and her life changed 180 degrees. 334 more words


South Africa’s Engagement in Counter-Piracy as a Foreign Policy Decision

By  Lisa Otto 

South Africa became involved as a counter-piracy actor rather late in the day, after repeated calls for it to make a contribution to the scourge that was then facing the continent – Somali piracy. 1,379 more words

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