ISWAN provides assistance to seafarers who find themselves in difficult situations including bullying, un-paid wages, poor working/living conditions, mental and psychological challenges, inability to contact family, theft or loss of personal property, or abandonment. Funding is provided by grants from three charitable foundations. SeafarerHelp, ISWAN’s flagship programme, works with maritime agencies to try and resolve seafarers’ difficulties. SeafarerHelp also provides a free and confidential help-desk that is available via phone, text, Skype, live-chat, email or call-back as well as a call-centre that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with staff who can speak 27 different languages.
MPHRP is a pan-industry alliance of ship owners, managers, manning agents, insurers and welfare associations, working together with the aim "to assist seafarers and their families with the humanitarian aspects of a traumatic incident caused by a piracy attack, armed robbery or being taken hostage."
The primary mission of the Indian Ocean Commission, in regards to piracy, is to contribute to regional maritime security agenda (MASE) that it controls the startup project (start-up MASE), funded to the tune of 2 million euros by the European Union (EU). During its first year of operation, the PSU testified by his actions of its necessity and effectiveness.
Pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1851 (2008), the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) was established on January 14, 2009 to facilitate the discussion and coordination of actions among states and organizations to suppress piracy off the coast of Somalia. This international forum has brought together more than 60 countries and international organizations, all working towards the prevention of piracy off the Somali coast.
*Note: Upon invitation from CGPCS stakeholders, Cardiff University has taken over the CGPCS website and the CGPCS Archive. To ensure the website continues to be the premier source on counter-piracy, stakeholders are invited to submit relevant documents and news items for publication, as soon as they become available.
The INTERPOL Maritime Piracy Task Force focuses on three main areas to counter maritime piracy, working closely with the international community: improving evidence collection, facilitating data exchance, and building regional capabilities.
AMISOM is mandated to conduct Peace Support Operations in Somalia to stabilize the situation in the country in order to create conditions for the conduct of Humanitarian activities and an immediate take over by the United Nations (UN).
gCaptain is a leading news resource for the maritime community. Through the use of social media tools gCaptain promotes user interaction, discussion and the sharing of both ideas and information. By bridging the communication gap between print and the end reader gCaptain fosters ideas that improve safety and increase efficiency aboard ships globally. Over the past few years, gCaptain.com has grown quickly to become the leading online destination of maritime and offshore professionals. The site currently welcomes over 900,000 unique visitors a month viewing nearly three million pages.
Operation Ocean Shield is NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. NATO has been helping to deter and disrupt pirate attacks, while protecting vessels and helping to increase the general level of security in the region since 2008.