SaveOurSeafarers the shipping industry anti-piracy campaign, has taken its campaign against Somali piracy a stage further with a video highlighting the human and economic cost.
Piracy costs the global economy as much as £12 billion a year and continues to threaten key transport routes through the Indian Ocean.
The six-minute video is being posted on YouTube. It was launched at the Safety4Seainternational maritime security conference in Athens and highlights the threat of Somali piracy attacks for the worldwide seafarer community and potentially for world trade itself.
The campaign, launched in March this year, is made up of international seafarers’ organisations, shipping companies and shipping industry associations. It has already received backing from the British, Philippine and Georgian governments and has seen support from 180 countries.
Bill Box from SaveOurSeafarers, said: “Seafarers have been constantly under threat from Somali pirates for the last five years, with at times more than 800 innocent seafarers being held hostage for months on end in appalling conditions and facing mental and physical torture at the hands of their captors.