Cadet’s Death Is Just The Tip Of A Dirty Iceberg

 Man Overboard, maritime safety, South Africa, Ukraine  Comments Off on Cadet’s Death Is Just The Tip Of A Dirty Iceberg
Aug 012010
 
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Akhona Geveza - Did Rape Lead To Suicide?

Like many youngsters Akhona Geveza had her own Facebook site but unlike many youngsters she was a seafarer so the opportunity to update her page came few and far between. Her suicide at the age of 19, two weeks before completing the training that would begin her career as a navigating officer, means that her page will fall silent, but silence is not an option for those seeking justice for this young woman.

On 25 January, in Facebookese Akhona Geveza wrote: “Ey gudpeople 2day is my last day in South Africa *crying* sometymz in lyf have to choose btwn the ones we love and education.anyway i love you all guys i wll miss u you all.” In March she made her last entry: “enjoying my time in Korea,missing u all”

A South African National Ports Authority, Transnet, cadet doing her onboard training on the container ship, Safmarine Kariba – was found to be missing around noon on 24 June.  After a two hour search, her body was found at sea by local police near the port of Rijeka, Croatia where the vessel was due to berth.

A memorial service was held onboard the Safmarine Kariba on Friday, 25 June 2010.  The vessel’s engine was stopped soon after the vessel had left the port of Rijeka at the location where Ms Geveza was found.  The crew gathered on the bridge wing, the ship’s horn was blown and a minute of silence was observed as the crew lowered a floral wreath into the sea in remembrance of Ms Geveza.

South African newspapers subsequently reported claims that she had told a colleague she had been raped by the ship’s Ukrainian chief officer. Other Transnet cadets were quoted making allegations of male and female rape, pregnancy and bullying and harassment.

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Piracy Targets Getting Harder

 piracy, Sinking, Somalia, Ukraine  Comments Off on Piracy Targets Getting Harder
Oct 302008
 

Five ships beat off pirate attacks Five ships, two under gunfire, deterred attacks by Puntland pirates in the Gulf Of Aden in one day alone. Lessons, it seems, are being learned.

Evasive manoeuvering and fire hoses were used to defend the vessels, which have not been named, on 28 October. No injuries were reported among the ships’ crews. Their success may add further weight to arguments against arming ships’ crews, already an unpopular suggestion.

For such tactics to work, however, it’s vital that ships have sufficient manpower to mount effective watches, and that the crew be disciplined, drilled and trained and understand what to do.

Piracy resources:

Lessons From The Danica White

Piracy Commentary – Pirates In The Bow, Seafarers on the Front Lines

Ince & Co Article on Law and piracy

Piracy, Where’s The Love, Where Are The Bikinis?

Good News: Pirates Aren’t Terrorists, Bad News: Pirates Aren’t Terrorists

Getting French and Personal With Pirates

Don’t Keep Mum On Pirate Mothers

Piracy Needs A SASSy Response

The Danica White and The Pirates – All That Was Missing Was A Welcome Mat

Piracy Update – Svitzer Korsakov

Danish Maritime Authority Report On The Danica White (English)

Thomas Timlen’s worrying paper on SSAS

International Maritime Bureau

Rand Piracy Report

UK House of Commons Report

Maritime Piracy In The Modern World (American Bar Association Insights)

15 Reasons: Piracy Attack of a Ship is Different from Hijacking of Aircraft

Danica White, pirates and safe manning

Does LRAD Work?

Pirates, A Doom With A Q?

Piling Pineapples On Pirates The Russian Way

Piracy – MARAD Advisory

A Victim’s Story

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