THE Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) appears to be shelving its standard contract for shipboard armed guards in West Africa because of acts of piracy take place in territorial waters unlike those in East Africa.
SECURITY contractors, aboard what is believed to be a fully laden Sinopec crude oil tanker, engaged eight pirates attacking from two skiffs in a fire fight 230 miles off the Somali coast, reports London's Tanker Operator.
An Action Plan to address key concerns surrounding the safety of domestic ferries in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) has been adopted by a forum on the subject, organized by IMO and held in Suva, Fiji, from 30 October to 2 November 2012.
The Indian Ocean rim group members gathered in New Delhi on Friday, November 2, 2012, to make a development and safety plan for the Indian Ocen trade lane that sees half the worldâ€™s container traffic.
INTERTANKOâ€™s Documentary Committee provided valuable input to the work done by BIMCO on a standard contract for Private Armed Guards (GUARDCON). The Committee much appreciated the opportunity to comment on the early GUARDCON drafts and has been watching the development and use of GUARDCON with interest.