Capt. M.M. Saggi, Nautical Advisor to the Government of India, has urged the international community to recognise piracy as the single largest challenge before
Speaking at the 47 th National Maritime day celebrations here at the
Merchant Navy Club, Mr Saggi said the Shipping Ministry has directed
sailing and merchant vessels to avoid sailing to the south of Salalah
and Maldives in the wake of Somali pirates capturing Indian sailors. A
notification was issued instructing vessels to avoid sailing to the
south and south west of Salalah, Maldives and the Gulf of Eden, he said.
Mr Saggi, who was the chief guest at the function, touched upon various
issues and challenges before the Indian seafarers and explained in
detail the series of initiatives from the Government of India to address
them. The Government is also planning to introduce a course for
seafarers to impart training to them on how to deal with piracy and the
related issues, he said.
However, reassuring the audience and budding seafarers, Capt Saggi was
categorical in reiterating that the Union Government and the
International maritime community shall not leave any stone unturned to
solve this menace. Mr Antony Prince, President and CEO of GRTC, Canada
highlighted his association with Cochin Shipyard to build six modern
ships for a Norwegian Shipping Company.
Dr Brijendra Saxeana, Principal, Tolani Maroitimer Institute, Pune,
talked on the subject from the training institute's perspective while Mr
S.M Rai, Vice-President, Mercator Shipping, Mumbai, touched upon the
challenges as a shipowner.
Source: Hindu Business Line
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