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Old 05-03-2011, 08:33   #1
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SSCA call to action to end piracy!

The Seven Sea Cruising Association’s call to action to end piracy.

End Piracy: A Call to Action ➥ http://ssca.org/downloads/SSCA_Call_...n_2_Mar_11.pdf

In part:

“... In order to protect lives and reduce loss of private and corporate revenue, the United States should:

* Implement a policy to quickly and aggressively rescue hostages from
pirate control. When possible, act before hostages can be taken ashore from
their vessels.

* Immediately take whatever actions are necessary to protect the lives and
vessels, both commercial and private, which are currently vulnerable to
pirate attacks as they attempt to reach the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.
We must offer assistance to the more than 100 private vessels, both US-flagged
and foreign, who have little choice but to use this route and who are currently
trapped by the sudden escalation and expansion of pirate activity affecting the
approaches to the Horn of Africa. Many ideas have been proposed, including
armed escorts and convoys, and we recognize any idea needs to be carefully
considered for cost and feasibility. Nevertheless, there should be an absolute
commitment to protecting the safety of those needing to voyage through these
waters. Warnings to avoid the area are of no value to those who are already
there!

* Execute a binding agreement among the seafaring nations of the world and
their commercial entities to immediately stop all current and future
payment of ransoms to pirates for the release of individuals or vessels, and
publish this fact far and wide. This is a particularly painful, yet absolutely vital
step. It is highly likely that ruthless and desperate pirates will test our will and
resolve in this matter, and they have stated that they will kill hostages if rescue
attempts are made or ransoms are not paid. While we deeply regret any loss of
life, more ransom money paid means that even more lives will be lost, and the
pirates will grow ever stronger. It is absolutely necessary to break the current
business model where piracy provides a fast path to great wealth. Ransom
money equals increased piracy, escalating costs, more hostages and greater
loss of life.

* Work through the United Nations to establish a multi-national naval
quarantine of the Somali coast that forbids armaments aboard Somali
vessels, authorizes the boarding and search of any vessel operating in the
quarantined area and authorizes the seizure of any armaments found on
Somali vessels. Build upon current military agreements to establish a multinational
coalition of naval forces to enforce the quarantine.

* Focus anti-piracy efforts on the sources of piracy. Lead a strategic
communications campaign to tell the Somali people that any action to conduct or
support piracy will no longer be tolerated and that any such actions will invite
swift punishment. Use military technological reconnaissance capabilities to
conduct comprehensive surveillance of the Somali coast to identify piracy
support bases and activities. Where such bases and activities are found, act
against them to disrupt any future attempts at piracy. Take steps, where
possible, to encourage all Somalis to return to peaceful pursuits.

It is envisioned that these steps taken together with the cooperation of seafaring nations will effectively address the twin motivations of wealth and survival that are fueling the radical growth of piracy. Strong international action is essential to the reestablishment of safe passage over international waters for both private and commercial vessels ...”

More Here ➥ http://ssca.org/downloads/SSCA_Call_...n_2_Mar_11.pdf
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:43   #2
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Re: SSCA call to action to end piracy!

agreed!!
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Re: SSCA call to action to end piracy!

I had received that and I think it is a great focus for the SSCA. Something has to be done. I am going to print their document and mail it to our two US Senators.
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Laudable, but I think the best course of action for the present is for yachtsmen to avoid those waters like you would any other marine hazard. Get out your pilot charts and old guides and start looking at the traditional sailing routes around the southern end of Africa, or maybe consider a circumnavigation of the Pacific basin via Japan and the Aleutians. I can tell you that the concerns of "rich yachtsmen" don't have much sway with the general public or politicians, and sadly that is how all of us are viewed no matter how we think of ourselves.
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Re: SSCA call to action to end piracy!

Include the fact that the reason the US Marine song includes the words: 'the shores of Tripoli." is that the US Marines, one officer (Lt. Presley O'Bannon)and eight enlisted led 500 assorted foreigners to take a pirate held town to help end the US paying tribute to the Barbary Pirates! The new US war fleet also helped a little too!

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The U.S. paid Algiers the ransom, and continued to pay up to $1 million per year over the next 15 years for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. Payments in ransom and tribute to the privateering states amounted to 20 percent of United States government annual revenues in 1800.
source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War
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Indeed! I did take the SSCA survey and agree with it, but there is more that can be done, such as working with the international backing community to seize any accounts associated with the thugs.

The commercial shipping entities are involved in trying to rectify the problem as well. A link to them here... SaveOurSeafarers.com
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Indeed! I did take the SSCA survey and agree with it, but there is more that can be done, such as working with the international backing community to seize any accounts associated with the thugs.

The commercial shipping entities are involved in trying to rectify the problem as well. A link to them here... SaveOurSeafarers.com
I think you would be more likely to find the ransom monies stuffed under mattresses rather than in off shore accounts.
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I think you would be more likely to find the ransom monies stuffed under mattresses rather than in off shore accounts.
ROFL..... Yup.. even Somali's aint stupid enough to trust the 'Bankers' twice...
and unlike us they aren't forced to use banks...
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How many millions have they collected from ransoms? And living among other thugs of their ilk, would they keep it under their mattress? Maybe, guess I can't say. Do they pay for the weapons, food, etc that they buy with cash? Could be, but maybe not, and worth looking at. I doubt they think like most of the rest of us and we should not limit the methods of our assault on them in any way.
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Thanks for the post, Gord... I hope our State Dept sends a strong letter to the UN protesting the Somalia pirates behavior. While I applaud the SSCA going on the record with what seems like workable solutions to the problem, we in the western part of the world just don't have a clue how different the cultural, moral and behavioral values are in that area. Having spent time in Somalia and Ethiopia, our complaints and outrage over the tragedies that occur there are based on an entirely different set of values than currently reigns in that and other parts of Africa. I see no end to these behaviors until cruisers stop visiting the area and commercial vessels are more heavily armed than the pirates. Unfortunate but true, I'm afraid. Capt Phil
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Re: SSCA call to action to end piracy!

I suspect there's a couple sides to the story. When the piracy started there was rampant inflation in the coastal areas. The way the pirates dealt with it is to offer everyone a share in the "company". The average villager then had a choice, help the pirates if and when needed and be given enough to live on or continue trying to scratch out a living and starve. Consequently a proportion of the money is what constitutes the economy in the coastal area of Somalia. Then there are the leaders. They are like the warlords of the drug trade. I imagine they have offshore accounts and use all the mechanisms of the very rich to protect their money just like most criminals at the top of the ladder would likely do.
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How many millions have they collected from ransoms? And living among other thugs of their ilk, would they keep it under their mattress? Maybe, guess I can't say. Do they pay for the weapons, food, etc that they buy with cash? Could be, but maybe not, and worth looking at. I doubt they think like most of the rest of us and we should not limit the methods of our assault on them in any way.
Illegal arms dealers do not accept Visa, Mastercard or Interac. Cash only please.
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I also advocate stopping, searching and disarmament of any suspect vessel as was suggested in another thread here on the forum.

I would further strongly advocate the introduction and use of decoy, or Q-ships (Q-ship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) which, if fired upon, would then be free to blow them right the hell out of the water, no questions asked. Perhaps leave one or two alive to report back to their cohorts. Actually I'm truly puzzled as to why this hasn't already been put in place.

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Re: SSCA call to action to end piracy!

Consolidated Guidance Notice to Yachts. Piracy in Gulf of Aden
(UPDATED 23 November 2010)

Danger of Piracy - Guidelines for Yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden and its approaches including the Indian Ocean north of 10 degrees south.

Here ➥ ISAF : Consolidated Guidance Notice to Yachts. Piracy in Gulf of Aden

Then ➥ http://www.sailing.org/tools/documen...%5B9066%5D.pdf
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The Seven Sea Cruising Association’s call to action to end piracy.

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“... In order to protect lives and reduce loss of private and corporate revenue, the United States should:
Is the US tax payer willing to pay for this? not folk on here, but ordinary folk back home?

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