Germany-based piracy think tank PiraT, has published its latest newsletter covering a workshop conducted in early July.
On the 6th of July the workshop “Piracy and maritime terrorism: concernment of economic agents” took place in the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). The results of the survey, which was conducted by the joint partners of the PiraT-Project, were presented and discussed with all participants. In the survey ship-owners and insurance companies were questioned. From the point of view of the respondents, the risk of piracy is presently regarded as very high and is expected to further increase. Only armed security guards onboard could reduce the risk of piracy. However, in order to implement such measures it is necessary to clarify the legal situation. Survey results reveal that there seem to be huge deficits on the national and international level. In addition, there are undefined responsibilities and jurisdictional disputes. The respondents demand a clear commitment of the policy makers to fight piracy on the high seas. They also indicate that in the long term piracy can only be reduced, if the problems ashore can be solved.
Detailed results of the survey will soon be published in PiraT working papers.
The goal of the project PiraT is to develop “a comprehensive concept for maritime security in which political risk analyses and technological security solutions are linked with legal and economic approaches. The overall goal is to develop inter-agency governmental options for action that will enable the implementation of non-military measures to strengthen maritime trade security”.
It is partnered with:
The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR)
The German Insurance Association (GDV)
The German Section of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
The JWA Marine Ltd
The Criminological Institute 11, Terrorism/Extremism Research Unit (KI11 FTE)
The German Police Federation (GdP)