|The bored to death conference group|
The latest is a conference to develop a new programme to help seafarers and their families cope with the physical and mental trauma caused by being captured by pirates. The deplorable behaviour they go through as a result includes phone calls to these families.
Recently there was a conference of security companies in Switzerland which produced a Code which we addressed in a recent Post. In turn this produced an article by a security company planning to 'cash-in' on the situation aboard ships transiting the Horn of Africa sea area. The proposal was totally ridiculous and showed virtually no knowledge of the maritime industry, maritime law or the operation of ships.
If all the monies spent on these meetings, conferences, reports et cetera, et cetera was made available for an 'extreme prejudice' operation to be mounted we just might get some effective results. This would resolve the crews and their families trauma by releasing the crews and at the same time getting rid permanently of the pirates. But no the wonderful socialist European Union just has its meetings, conferences, reports et cetera which is what that type of administration always does - talk, more talk, with little or no action.
Meanwhile the 400 of our fellow seafarers remain as captives of pirates both ashore and off the coast of Somalia.