InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, gave an entertaining and thought-provoking speech to delegates at the recent Safety4Sea conference in Greece.
Kuba was introducing the powerful shipping industry film The Problem Of Piracy Affects Us All, which has been produced by the SOS Safe Our Seafarers campaign which InterManager is a supporter of.
Delegates watched the shocking video which contains in-person testimony from seafarers held hostage and tortured by Somali pirates.
You can view Kuba’s Safety4Sea speech by clicking this link:
The six-minute SOS video, which is also posted on YouTube, highlights the significant threat of Somali piracy attacks for the worldwide seafarer community and potentially for world trade itself. The film footage uses a mixture of real life interviews and the latest technology to create a hard-hitting action sequence where a ship is captured and hostages taken. This is followed by a harrowing testimony from a former hostage, and comments from the EUNAVFOR Chief of Staff, and from InterManager President Alastair Evitt, representing the SOS Steering Committee.
Commenting on the video, Mr Evitt said: “This footage and the personal testimony from the seafarer are very thought-provoking. I urge everyone to visit the SOS website and to support this vital campaign to help raise international awareness and encourage world leaders to do more to eradicate piracy. We cannot allow our seafarers to endure this treatment!”
In the video footage Mr Evitt advises viewers to click on the SOS website link to send a letter to their national politicians. He says: “Send a letter – it will make a difference!”
Full information on the campaign can be found at www.saveourseafarers.com
The video can also be viewed by the following direct link:
The Problem Of Piracy Affects Us All