War on Somali Piracy Needs Rules and Impregnable Citadels

Bloomberg
The 90th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Safety Committee, under way in London, will cover much territory, including passenger-ship safety (“Remember the Costa Concordia”), standards for voyage data recorders and the and the protection of crew members’ hearing from engine noise. But the big topic is piracy, not just off the coast of Somalia — where there were 237 attacks last year, up from 219 in 2010 — but increasingly off western Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. The incidents cost the shipping industry, insurers, navies and law enforcement more than $7 billion in 2010.

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Court rules Costa Concordia captain unfit to run ship

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By Reuters Italy’s top appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, was unfit to command the cruise liner which ran aground and capsized off the Tuscan island of Giglio in January, causing at least 30 deaths. In a written explanation of its decision to maintain a house arrest order against Schettino, the Court of Cassation said he had shown “little resilience in performing command functions or in handling responsibility for the safety of persons under his care.”

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Costa Concordia removal plan approved

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
(AGI) Rome – The plan for the removal of the Costa Concordia cruise liner was approved today. The ship ran aground off the coast of Giglio Island on 13 January. The conference for the presentation of the plan was held today in Rome at the Civil Defence Department chaired by the Commissioner for emergencies, Franco Gabrielli.  

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