More than 53,000 people have signed petition to end piracy

The following is the text of a press release distributed by InterManager:
(LONDON) — Four new organisations have announced their support for, the global e-petition that demands concrete
action to end piracy.

The ASF (Asian Shipowners’ Forum), ECSA (European Community Shipowners’
Associations), the ICMA (International Christian Maritime Association) and
ICSW (International Committee for Seafarers’ Welfare), are now also
promoting the initiative to their members and beyond.

So far over 53,000 people have signed the petition, which will be used to
put pressure on national governments to tackle piracy, and which is intended
to attract half a million signatures by IMO World Maritime Day, September

The petition is a joint campaign by BIMCO, ICS, IFSMA, IMEC, IPTA,
Intercargo, InterManager, International Group of P&I Clubs, INTERTANKO, ISF,
ITF, IUMI and SIGTTO as well as national shipowners’ associations and trade
unions worldwide

The text of the petition is:

Enough is enough! Governments must act now to fight piracy

Almost every day seafarers are being kidnapped and exposed to an increasing
risk of injury or even death

Every day seafarers transport the world’s goods through areas where the risk
of pirate attack is increasing

Every day seafarers’ families are suffering worry and uncertainty

Every day the chances of attracting people to jobs at sea – on which all our
economies rely – are shrinking

Every day shipping companies and their insurers have to pay for increasing
anti-piracy measures, extra fuel and ransoms – costs that are eventually
passed on to the consumer

Every day the risk of a major ecological disaster due to an oil spill caused
by piracy increases

Every day the chances of a recovery in the world economy are being
jeopardised by this threat to world trade

We, the undersigned, urgently call on Governments to do everything possible
to protect the thousands of seafarers and the hundreds of ships at risk of
attack by pirates by:

. dedicating significant resources and concerted efforts to find real
solutions to the growing piracy problem;

. taking immediate steps to secure the release and safe return of kidnapped
seafarers to their families;

. working within the international community to secure a stable and peaceful
future for Somalia and its people.

By Professional Mariner Staff