Clay Maitland

On a quest for quality in shipping

UN should back off on private security

It is a bit rich, all this carping criticism from the United Nations about the private security sector, suggesting that it is open to trigger-happy criminals to get in on the act in the absence of that wonderful bureaucratic solution to all the world’s ills – “regulation”. Continue reading

Go the scenic route

Go to any coastal surveillance station and examine the tracks of shipping passing up and down. Notice anything? They are all following exactly the same track , that decreed by their computer software as being the shortest distance between their departure and arrival ports. Continue reading

Movement on the ground, at last?

Like that wonderful nonsense song, “Yes, We Have No Bananas”, international anti-piracy policy has had its internal contradictions. It has often been recognized that piracy off Somalia could not be defeated without an improvement in national security in the Horn of Africa’s most chaotic nation. Continue reading

A little disruption does you good

Well, it took long enough to get to this situation, but at long last helicopters from the EU Naval Force off Somalia have been given the green light for some disruption of pirate activities on the Somali shore. Continue reading

Maritime TV – Piracy and armed guards

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A bit of pirate-proofing

The newsletter of the Confederation of European Shipmasters’ Association has, over the past few years, been a useful indicator of what senior officers actually think about such matters as criminalisation and piracy. Continue reading

The silence of the lambs

In what Britons call a leader, and what we Yanks call an editorial, I have been somewhat taken to task by Lloyd’s List. On March 22nd, the leader’s author “take[s] exception” to my statement, made at CMA in Connecticut, that industry trade associations have been strangely silent when it came to positive measures that could be taken against the spread of piracy. Interestingly, in another leader (editorial) five days later, Lloyd’s List seemed to acknowledge the force of my comments. Continue reading

Changing the Rules of Engagement

Piracy is expanding to West Africa; nine attacks were reported in February, double the number in the month before. Piracy is also well-entrenched in Southeast Asia, which recorded 31.5% of all incidents worldwide over the past twelve months to the end of January. Continue reading

Piracy panel debate at CMA

Cruise disasters – transparency essential

Disasters, like buses, have a nasty habit of coming along in numbers and there must be a certain sympathy for the poor Costa brand, with the somewhat scorched Costa Allegra sitting disabled and sans electrical power in the Seychelles as her passengers recount stories of their ordeal to enthusiastic TV reporters. Continue reading

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