On 10 December 2018, our Regional Director in South Asia, Chirag Bahri, joined a panel of speakers at a Workshop on Maritime Security and Piracy organised by the Directorate General of Shipping in Mumbai.
The workshop was attended by over 100 delegates from Indian maritime training institutes, shipping industry representatives, maritime unions and NGOs. Foreign delegates who attended and spoke at the event included representatives from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR), the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) and the Russian Foreign ministry.
IMB’s Cyrus Mody briefed the audience on the recent statistics on piracy and armed robbery across the globe, including the latest criminal threats such as cyber security and fraud. He mentioned that piracy threats are still prevalent, especially off the Gulf of Guinea region, and many of these cases are not reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
Others speakers briefed the audience on the mandate of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and its working groups, and its brief on insurance, P&I and kidnap-ransom policies. The Indian Navy and Coast Guard spoke about the challenges ahead and their crucial role in suppressing piracy activities in the Indian Ocean.
Deepak Shetty, former Director General of Shipping and ISWAN Trustee, presented a profile of cases concerning Indian seafarers who were abandoned while in captivity of pirates, and spoke about the support provided to their families by the Government of India.