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Action to end piracy demanded on World Maritime Day
Thursday 23 September 2010
An action group representing stakeholders from the entire shipping industry, from crews to owners, today presented a petition signed by nearly a million (920,000) people to the IMO and governments worldwide calling for real action to end Somali piracy.
Today is the UN-designated World Maritime Day and the when the petition was launched four months ago the target was gather half-a-million signatures by this date. It has far exceeded that figure and 'definitively proves that immediate action is needed,' say the petition organisers.

The anti-piracy campaign underthe slogan 'Enough is enough' is led by BIMCO, ICS, IFSMA, IMEC, IPTA, Intercargo, InterManager, International Group of P&I Clubs, INTERTANKO, ISF, ITF, IUMI and SIGTTO, and is being actively supported by national shipowners associations and trade unions worldwide and by the ASF, ECSA, ICMA and ICSW.

At a time when 354 seafarers and 16 ships are being held hostage by pirates in Somalia, the campaign calls on governments to:
Dedicate significant resources and work to find real solutions to the growing piracy problem
Take immediate steps to secure the release and safe return of kidnapped seafarers to their families
Work within the international community to secure a stable and peaceful future for Somalia and its people.

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