First ISC Opens in Mombasa

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Apr 042011

First of three piracy information centres planned under the Djibouti Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden has been opened in Mombasa, Kenya.

The other two centres, envisaged to operate under the same Code, are those established in Dar es Salam, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Sana’a, Yemen. The centres have been established to facilitate practical measures for the suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships, by ensuring the coordinated, timely, and effective flow of information. It is intended that the ISCs should be capable of receiving and responding to alerts and requests for information or assistance at all times.

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Bars No Bar To Stowaways

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Aug 302010

Don’t underestimate the determination and ingenuity of stowaways is the lesson from a recent bulletin issued by the UK P&I Club.

Says the bulletin:

“The Association has recently handled a case where a number of stowaways were detected onboard a vessel that had sailed from Nigeria.

“In line with prudent practice, the vessel in question had installed a set of bars in the rudder trunk to prevent stowaways from accessing the vessel through this area. Following loading operations in Port Harcourt the vessel sailed for Brazil with a cargo of cement. Once the vessel was about 350 miles out, the crew discovered 5 stowaways hiding the rudder trunk.

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