Wednesday, February 24, 2010

What Kind Of Curtains Match A Green Carpet

Battle of Filipino seafarers against hackers

C 're all seamen roam the waters of the globe. These Filipinos are the most numerous, the first labor employed in the merchant navy in the world: a sailor in four of these tankers and cargo ships from the Philippines, the archipelago After the Pacific.

These Filipinos have sacrificed much of their family and personal life, starting over six months per year at sea, but one thing they do not want to sacrifice is their life. Yet they are in fact the first victims of the rampant piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia: more than 250 Filipino sailors have been kidnapped for months mostly by Somali pirates in 2009 , a figure that has nearly doubled compared to 2008. The situation is virtually out of control in these waters at the exit of the Suez Canal, and are therefore among the most frequented by merchant shipping. The Atalanta security force set up by the European Union protects only a small corridor in the Gulf. Not enough.

While the Philippine Department of Employment has set up a measure, its level: the obligation to give all the marine courses prevention against piracy. How to prepare a boat to prevent hackers to go up, how to plant these attackers, or worse, how to stay alive when they are on board.

Follow this story at one of the first lessons of survival for these sailors abandoned at sea on cargo ships of 50 meters long ...

A RFI report on
and another published in Cross


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