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Pirates bod getting bolder

Concerned with the increasing use of violence upon seafarers as an instrument of piratical acts, the maritime authorities of the Republic of Panama, the Republic of Liberia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands will sign a declaration, affirming their commitment to supply information provided to the flag State following acts of piracy or armed robbery to the International Maritime Bureau, which has been identified by Oceans Beyond Piracy as the appropriate body to collect and report such information.

The signing ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, 3 August, 2011 in the Zenger Room the National Press Club, 529 14th Street Northwest, Washington D.C. at 1400.  The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the three Maritime Authorities, Oceans Beyond Piracy, and the International Maritime Bureau.

In 2010:

• 4185 Seafarers were attacked with firearms and Rocket Propelled Grenades.

• 342 Survived Incidents in Citadels (ships’ reinforced security rooms).

• 1090 Seafarers were taken hostage.

• 516 Seafarers were used as human shields.


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