Irresponsible shipowners who send poorly prepared ships into piracy-prone areas must accept some share of the responsibility both for the incidence of ship hijackings off the Horn of Africa and for the associated ill-treatment of seafarers. If ransoms are not paid promptly, crews are likely to suffer more.Read the whole thing.
The plight of most third-world crews of "sub-standard" ships held by pirates is an largely untold story. Good on Neptune Maritime Security for shining a little light on the issue.
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