ICC puts piracy reports on-line
Weekly reports on pirate attacks against shipping in East and Southeast Asia are the subject of a new service launched by the Web site of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
The reports contain details, locations and the mode of attacks on ships.
'Companies will be able to download these reports and telex them to their ships, warning them to be on a greater level of alertness where necessary,' ICC director of commercial crime services P.K. Mukundan said.
Ships' masters could then carry out certain procedures to protect their crews and cargoes.
Such procedures could include anti-piracy watches and the close monitoring of approaching small vessels.
The reports are compiled from daily piracy bulletins being broadcast via satellite by the Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
'As a result of these reports, a company may also advise its ships in certain areas to stay away from the coast,' Captain Mukundan said.
The daily satellite broadcasts resulted from increasing concern over the increase in number, violence and audacity of pirate attacks, especially in the East and Southeast Asian region, and had already gone some way towards tackling the problem, he said.
The reports had increased awareness of the problem and prompted some governments to act.
The ICC's commercial crime services Web site is at www.icewbo.org