Asian Anger

Representatives of Asian shipowners’ associations have expressed outrage over a lack of government action against an increasing number of attacks on their ships and the brutality shown by Somali pirates.

The Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) Safe Navigation & Environment Committee (SNEC) has expressed grave concern at the threat posed by pirates, they also stated the use of private armed guards should be last resort.

“The current situation, where a handful of pirates in open skiffs can hold the world’s economy hostage, is completely unacceptable – as responsible owners and managers, we must take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our seafarers!” said Teo Siong Seng, chairman of SNEC.

“Not only are seafarers being tortured and murdered – civilians and children are being targeted as well. The situation is increasingly untenable.” The committee urged all governments to “act decisively” and “eradicate piracy and attacks on ships.”

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