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World Maritime Day: September 27

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    SaveOurSeafarers Ahoy Members and Friends, On World Maritime Day 2012 we take the time to reflect upon the maritime industry, worldwide and here within the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 25, 2012
      Ahoy Members and Friends,
      On World Maritime Day 2012 we take the time to reflect upon the maritime industry, worldwide and here within the United States.
      The Pacific Merchant Marine Council is grateful for all the safety and environmental improvements related to maritime transportation.
      United States maritime unions, academies, and shippers continues to set world standards. BRAVO ZULU.
      Heave Ho,
      Phelps Hobart, President
      Pacific Merchant Marine Council
      Navy League of the United States

      World Maritime Day 2012: IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic

      The  World Maritime Day theme for 2012 is “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”, which will focus on the Organization’s roots and raison d’être, i.e. safety of life at sea.  

      One of the consequences of the sinking, in 1912, of the Titanic, in which more than 1,500 people lost their lives,  was the adoption, two years later, of the first International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (the SOLAS Convention).  The 1914 version of the Convention was gradually superseded, respectively, by SOLAS 1929, SOLAS 1948, SOLAS 1960 (the first adopted under the auspices of IMO, then known as IMCO) and SOLAS 1974.  SOLAS 1974 is still in force today, amended and updated many times.

      This year's World Maritime Day theme will provide an opportunity to take stock of the developments in maritime safety since that disaster and to examine which areas of ship safety should be given priority in the years to come.

      The traditional diplomatic reception to celebrate the Day will be held at IMO Headquarters on 27 September 2012.

      United Nations Secretary-General's Message for 2012

      When the passenger liner Titanic departed from Southampton on 10 April 1912 on her first transatlantic voyage, no one could imagine the drama that would unfold over the next four days.  After the ship hit an iceberg and sank, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives, the story of that ill-fated ship became etched forever in the public consciousness.

      Undoubtedly the most important legacy of the Titanic disaster was an urgent acceleration in the process of setting and implementing international standards and procedures for maritime activity.  The first international conference on the safety of life at sea was held in London in January 1914.  Its outcome – the Convention on Safety of Life at Sea – remains the leading international treaty on maritime safety.  The task of keeping it updated, and maintaining its development in light of technological advances, falls to a United Nations agency, the International Maritime Organization.

      Each successive generation brings new challenges.  In recent years, the passenger shipping sector has seen phenomenal growth on all fronts – numbers of passengers, numbers of ships, new destinations and, perhaps most significant of all, in ship sizes.  And despite advances in technology, accidents continue to occur, as demonstrated when the Costa Concordia ran aground in Italy earlier this year. 

      Nevertheless, thanks largely to the IMO regulatory regime, shipping today is safer and more environmentally friendly than it has ever been.  New regulations for passenger ships were adopted by the IMO in 2006 and entered into force in 2010.  They ensure that all new passenger vessels are constructed to the highest possible standards.  A century after the Titanic was lost in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the IMO is striving to ensure continual improvement in safety at sea.  Its work is as important now as ever. 

      Ban Ki-moon

      Message from Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization

      On 14 April 1912, the White Star liner ‘Titanic’ was transformed in a few short hours from the world’s most celebrated ship into a name forever associated with disaster.
      Many ships have sunk – too many – but few have had the lasting impact of the seemingly invulnerable Titanic.
      The Titanic tragedy prompted the major shipping nations of the world, at that time, to take decisive action to address maritime safety. This led to the adoption, two years later, of the first-ever International Convention on Safety of Life at Sea and, ultimately, to the establishment of IMO itself.
      Today, much updated and revised, SOLAS is still the most important international treaty addressing maritime safety. And, as 2012 marks the 100th year since that ill-fated ship foundered, the IMO Council decided that the World Maritime Day theme for this year should be  “IMO: One hundred years after the Titanic”.
      Since its formation, IMO’s main task has been to develop and maintain a comprehensive regulatory framework for international shipping. Its mandate was originally limited to safety-related issues, but subsequently this remit has been expanded to embrace environmental protection, legal matters, technical co-operation, issues that affect the overall efficiency of shipping and maritime security, including piracy and armed robbery against ships.
      The direct output of IMO’s regulatory work is a comprehensive body of international conventions, supported by literally hundreds of guidelines and recommendations that, between them, govern just about every facet of the shipping industry – from the drawing board to the scrapyard. The most important result of all this is that shipping today is safer, cleaner, more efficient and more secure than at any time in the past.
      But each new generation of vessels brings fresh challenges and, regrettably, accidents still occur, reinforcing the need for continual improvement. Our efforts to promote maritime safety, not least of passenger ships, will never stop.  We should respond quickly to accidents and we must be proactive.
      To this end, we are planning to hold a two-day symposium at IMO Headquarters, in London, in conjunction with IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee next June, on the "Future of Ship Safety”. The idea is to go beyond the current safety issues under the Committee and rigorously consider the future of maritime safety. The objective is for the discussions to contribute to the future advancement of the Organization’s maritime safety policy.
      What separates the passenger and cruise ship industry from the rest of shipping is the unique nature of its cargo – hundreds and thousands of people. The lives of thousands of people are in the hands of the ship's management, the captain and crew and the operating staff.  I therefore hope that this sector, in particular, will take the opportunity to lead the way, because "safety" is its main product – not comfort, entertainment or leisure. Without safety, the industry will not survive, let alone sustain its growth; and real safety does not result simply as a consequence of regulation-compliance.

      Some 20 years ago, the International Safety Management Code, adopted by IMO, represented a step-change in the establishment of a safety culture in shipping. The time has now come to generate another step-change. This will not be achieved through legislative measures alone. We must generate a new impetus in shipping to go beyond compliance with regulations and explore industry-wide mechanisms to ensure the safety culture is embedded throughout the entire industry.
      So this year, as we look back on that pivotal disaster 100 years ago, I urge IMO Member Governments and the shipping industry as a whole to refresh their determination to improve and enhance the safety of passenger shipping today, and into the future.

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      2,000 Somali pirates are hijacking the world's economy


      It is almost 18 months since we launched SOS SaveOurSeafarers. On the eve of World Maritime Day,September 27, we want to give all of our supporters an update, on the campaign and its future objectives.

      To date…

      The campaign has made significant headway in raising public and political awareness of the human and economic cost of Somali piracy.

      We have applied pressure on the governments of seafaring nations to encourage them to look at immediate as well as long-term solutions to tackle the problem in a more effective way.

      SOS has helped place Somali piracy firmly on the international agenda by securing coverage in key global media. It has seen a positive response from politicians in a number of countries, where there is now a broad awareness of the extent, nature and potential consequences of the problem. It has also seen the development of more active engagement of Somali pirates by naval forces and less catch-and-release of suspected pirates who have faced more prosecutions.

      Several governments have responded with a series of international conferences in London, Dubai, Istanbul and Perth (Australia) to discuss the on-going issues in Somalia, and pledged continuing naval commitment to tackle piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

      We’ve had incredible results in a very short timescale.  However we still need to do more to make governments sit up and take notice.

      SOS SaveOurSeafarers in numbers

      Our campaign has continued to gather industry support. We now represent 32 industry bodies. SOS is the largest maritime grouping ever to come together to speak as one on a single issue.

      www.saveourseafarers.com has had over 135,000 visitors from 196 countries since its launch. The campaign has also built a solid social media presence. Our Facebook page has 5441 fans and we have 1,657 followers on Twitter.

      The Future

      The campaign’s emphasis is now on maintaining the high awareness levels in countries where there has already been a reaction to the campaign, and on increasing its profile in areas where this has yet to happen. We are seeking on-going commitment from governments funding anti-piracy naval operations to keep forces on station, as well as proactivity in engaging with pirate groups and in prosecuting those suspected of piracy.

      Although current naval successes have halved the number of successful pirate attacks, continuing naval commitment is essential to stop any resurgence of pirate activity. The campaign supports the recent recommendation from the UK House of Lords for the continued use of naval warships to tackle piracy under EUNAVFOR’s on-going anti-piracy operation Operation Atalanta.

      Please don’t stop

      Since March 2011, the SOS campaign has played a significant role in increasing worldwide awareness and interest in the horrific realities of Somali piracy and the on-going plight of seafarers and their families. We’ve achieved a great deal but we couldn’t have done this without your overwhelming support. Every letter, Facebook ‘like’ and tweet makes a difference.

      Although a great deal has been achieved we must not be complacent. We seek continuing commitment from governments and are encouraging more organisations, employees, crews and their families worldwide to go to the SOS website and participate in our campaign.

      You can continue to help us by pushing further to raise awareness of the campaign and its objectives – you could forward this message to any friends and colleagues who might be willing to add their support and spread the word even further.

      Alastair Evitt, Chair SOS SaveOurSeafarers


      Visit the campaign website at www.SaveOurSeafarers.com and use the simple facility to submit a personalised letter to the government.

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      About  SaveOurSeafarers

      The success of the entire global economy rests on unhindered and efficient sea transportation.

      Upwards of 100,000 ships and 1.5m seafarers are humanity’s lifeline.

      SaveOurSeafarers is an international, not-for-profit, anti-piracy campaign which was launched in March 2011 by a group of five influential maritime associations. 

      In the past year, the number of maritime associations, trade unions and P&I insurers supporting the campaign has risen to thirty-three; the largest number of maritime organisations ever to unite behind a single cause.

      Piracy imperils seafarer’s lives and wellbeing and costs the industry billions each year. It cannot be allowed to escalate further.

      The campaign has succeeded in putting Somali piracy on the public and political agenda in numerous maritime nations during the past year. There are clear signs these nations’ political resolve to defeat piracy is strengthening.  We need your support to maintain this progress.

      The world’s seafarers demand an end to piracy

      Our aim and objectives

      Our aim is to eradicate piracy around the world, in particular Somalia-based piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, by;

      1. Increasing the strength of naval forces patrolling the Gulf of Aden and the 2,000,000 square nautical miles of the Indian Ocean.
      2. Ensuring that when pirates are arrested by security forces, evidence will be gathered - and that they will face trial, sentencing and punishment.
      3. Endorsing the UN principle of financing, building and operating courts and jails in the cooperating autonomous regions of Somalia and neighboring states.
      4. Seeking a sustainable political solution to the underlying problems in Somalia.
      5. Supporting the introduction of counter measures and a criminal information database.

      Consign maritime piracy to history.

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