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19 February 2003, 09:44 am
A call to all Sailors, MNA's and Yachting Journals world-wide
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Piracy
Worldwide

Over the past week alone, there have been four different pirate attacks on ships at sea around the world.
Areas of the attacks range from Asia to Africa to South America, many of which are popular cruising grounds.

In order to alert Security forces around the world to the growing problems of piracy, ISAF is re-enforcing its request to be informed of details of piracy attacks which are carried out against sailing vessels.

These details would then be passed onto the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) who is leading the call for a change in International Law to combat this issue.

Only by having all of the details to hand can the IMO and ISAF convince the Security authorities throughout the world for improvements to the protection which they give to small boats both in ports and at sea.

Reports should cover all incidents of piracy or of robbery wherever they occur, in which the perpetrators are armed. Te word '"armed" should not be restricted to firearms but includes any weapon which is used to assist in the crime. Reports should include the following information:

  • Name of Yacht, owner, nationality of vessel and registration details
  • Location date and time of incident
  • Short summary of the attack
  • Details of all reports made to other authorities

All reports should be sent to ISAF's dedicated Piracy email address:

piracy@isaf.co.uk

OR, direct to the ISAF Secretariat at:

ISAF UK, Ariadne House, Town Quay, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2AQ, UK.

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