The International Maritime Bureau‚Äôs Piracy Reporting Centre is asking Nautilus members to help it with an online survey to try to determine the concerns and fears of seafarers while they transit high-risk areas.
It hopes feedback gathered from the research ‚Äî which will form part of the second Human Cost of Piracy report, due to be released in June ‚Äî will provide an insight into the views and experiences of serving seafarers, ensuring that these can be addressed in ‚Äòa systematic, logical and industry-acceptable manner rather than small kneejerk reactions‚Äô.
The IMB says the short survey ‚Äî which can be completed via the website¬†www.icc-ccs.org/seafarer-survey¬†‚Äî aims to provide a detailed assessment of the key concerns of crew members on vessels transiting the main sea areas affected by piracy and armed robbery, such as: the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, Southern Red Sea and surrounding waters; the Gulf of Guinea ports and waters ‚Äî including incidents in and around the waters of Benin, Cameron, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Sierra Leon, Togo and surrounding waters and ports; and SE Asian ports and waters, including Indonesia, Philippines, Malacca Straits, Malaysia, Singapore Straits, Vietnam and surrounding waters and ports.
IMB assistant director Cyrus Mody stressed that seafarers taking part in the survey would be assured of confidentiality, and no crew, vessel or owner details will be published in the report. Deadline for completion of the¬†survey¬†is the third week of May.