Chirag Bahri, MPHRP Regional Director South Asia, interacted with cadets at the Bangladesh Marine Academy, Chittagong on 1 March 2014. He spoke on piracy awareness and MPHRP‚Äôs work and activities in the region. A gathering of more than 150 cadets from the prestigious academy attended and learned about maritime piracy which has affected thousands of seafarers and their families. It has been a major concern for many seafarers sailing the high seas.
Mr Bahri advised the cadets on self-preparedness, hardening of vessels through BMP4 procedures, and good practices that should to be followed in case of an attack and during captivity. He motivated the cadets that the probability that a ship gets hijacked by pirates is very low but they should be alert and be better prepared to handle such crises. He informed them that MPHRP South Asia strives to provide humanitarian response to those affected and assist seafarers and families with monetary and medical needs as required.
Commandant of the Bangladesh Marine Academy, Mr. Sajid Hossain, appreciated and thanked MPHRP for its efforts and support provided to seafarers and their families affected by piracy in Bangladesh and the wider region.
Mr Bahri also met with the families of the crew of the MV Albedo, who have been in the captivity of Somali pirates since Nov 2010, and provided them with necessary humanitarian support on behalf of the Programme and its partners.