July 25th, 2019

Apostleship of the Sea calls for cooperation to combat piracy

Seafarers’ charity Stella Maris is sounding the alarm over the effect of piracy on seafarer’ physical and mental wellbeing. This, as recent statistics released by the International Maritime Bureau showed that pirates killed one seafarer, took 38 crew members hostage, and kidnapped 37 for ransom during the first half of 2019.

The Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) emphasized that seafarers’ safety and pastoral support remains paramount when their ships are targeted or attacked by pirates.

“Piracy is a terrifying experience for seafarers,” said Apostleship of the Sea Development Director John Green.

He adds, “Piracy and the threat of piracy can have a lasting effect on seafarers’ wellbeing and mental health. Our experience of caring for seafarers shows that swift intervention is essential to minimize the impact of a pirate attack, so crew can return to work with confidence.”

AoS is now calling parties in the shipping and maritime sectors, including shipping companies, agencies and insurers, to boost cooperation and coordination. This is essential in providing timely support to seafarers when piracy strikes.