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In celebration of EU Maritime Day the LONDON UNIVERSITIES MARITIME LAW AND POLICY RESEARCH GROUP is pleased to invite you to a Public Seminar on

How can we stop maritime piracy - the will and the way?

This event is part supported by the European Commission.


Peter Swift retired recently, after ten years, as Managing Director of INTERTANKO (The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners). He currently chairs the pan-industry “Maritime Piracy – Humanitarian Response Programme” and is involved with several seafarer welfare charities, including the Sailors’ Society. He is also representing the Royal Institution of Naval Architects at key IMO meetings. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Green Award, Chairman of the Korean Register’s European Committee, a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and a Director of the Maritime Industry Foundation.

He is a Naval Architect, with a doctorate in Marine Transportation Economics.

Modern day piracy is one of the foremost concerns of the international shipping community and the efforts to contain and eventually eradicate it represent key challenges for the many parties involved. The romance of the 17th &18th century Corsairs and Buccaneers has been replaced by the stark reality of the kidnapping, torture, abuse and murder of seafarers, with the cost to the global economy estimated at USD 7-12 billion per year.
While governments are providing military support and not inconsiderable funds endeavouring to end piracy, and industry players have put in place numerous measures to deter attacks and to protect ships, cargoes and crews, pirate attacks have continued to escalate – expanding from the coast of Somalia and the Gulf of Aden to much of the western Indian Ocean. At the same time piracy and armed robbery are also rife elsewhere, from the South China Sea to the Gulf of Guinea and other areas.
The talk will cover, inter alia:

  • An overview of the attacks over recent years
  • The response of the UN, IMO, national and trans-national governments and the shipping industries
  • A discussion of the measures to prosecute those captured attacking ships and the detention those found guilty
  • Issues related to the provision of armed guards on ships and other options being adopted and proposed to remove the scourge of piracy
  • The humanitarian response to provide care for those attacked or hijacked by pirates and for their families

Places are free but please book a place in advance by contacting:
Suzanne Louail, Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich
Email: ([email protected]) Tel: 020 8331 7688

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