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Shipping requires protection from pirates!

This is an excerpt from another on-duty article on piracy. Written naturally by an expert, with links to the opinions of many other similar experts.

If you start searching the web for materials on the problem of maritime piracy, you will immediately come across this whole set, in different variations, in different words, of different authors, but the same in meaning – we must fight piracy, we need long-term solutions, we must effectively to chase and plant pirates.

In the majority of such articles – in the vast majority – the generally negative role of the private armed guard will certainly be noted. Like, she was effective in the Indian Ocean, but this is not an option.
All the same songs about the “escalation of violence”, and all the same one and only example of shelling by Italian guards of an Italian tanker of Indian fishermen. All the same tips should be used to protect the famous instructions of BMP 4, plus additions designed specifically for Nigeria.

Sailors understandably and clearly explain to the experts where to go with their advice. But the experts don’t give a damn, because they write not for sailors, and they are completely independent of their opinions. They are paid by those who are interested in the eternal struggle against piracy, all the same good old faithful friends of shipping – IMO, BIMCO, Intertanko, Intercargo, ISC, ITF and behind them, the gloomy dark figures of the main puppeteers, godfathers from the UN.

It is only public opinion, a powerful public protest expressed through the Internet, that can break this wall of one opinion, some experts, silence and lies, built by those who profit and profit from piracy.

I repeat once again – there is no need to fight piracy, we must defend ourselves against it. If ships are protected, piracy will die by itself. Provide proper protection to shipping, and then fight with the roots as you like. True, there will be no roots, and there will be no one to fight with, but this is a problem of fat cats from the international so-called maritime organizations and from the UN. Survive, they and without the fight against piracy of money as much as we never dreamed. The Association of Maritime Security Agencies Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is developing Rules for the Use of Force (RUF) for the protection of ships from pirates.

The international organization of ISO standards has developed the first standards for private maritime security agencies – ISO / PAS 28007: 2012 – Guidelines for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC). A third, final step is needed to protect shipping from piracy – the development and adoption of an international convention legalizing armed guards on ships. Guards and weapons on ships must become legal all over the world so that shipping can immediately protect itself from the outbreak of piracy in a given region.

Here we sang a friendly song about a Code to Combat Piracy, developed with the assistance of IMO (how could it be without it, my dear), which would be accepted by West African countries, with a standard set of good wishes and all the same “long-term solutions.” The United States is going to send warships to the Gulf of Guinea. Well, piracy in the Gulf of Guinea they will calm down for a while. While there will be ships. Meanwhile, piracy flares up in another region. And then again it burns in Africa. So they will rush from region to region, from ocean to ocean, with their codes, ships and long-term solutions?

Three steps required to make shipping secure:

1. Development and widespread adoption of the Rules for the use of weapons in the protection of ships from pirates – Rules for the Use of Force (RUF).

2. Development and adoption of international standards for private maritime security agencies – ISO / PAS.

3. The development and adoption of an international convention legalizing armed security on ships.

Without the first two, the third is impossible. The Convention can be developed and adopted only on the basis of a detailed technical specification of the rules for using weapons for protection. However, without a third, the first steps simply lose their meaning.

This clearly shows us an example of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, where the semi-anarchic, semi-gangster states of the gulf pursue foreign private security with much more enthusiasm than their pirates. Because they profit from piracy, and from protection from it. So they just need “long-term solutions”, they are afraid of protected shipping as much as the pirates are afraid of it.

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