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In the below interview by Maritime TV, maritime industry advocates Clay Maitland and Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), criticize the recent New York Times article Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship by Ian Urbina as a misrepresentation of the international maritime industry, making the case that the article is an example of attack journalism that inaccurately portrays the safest industry transportation sector in the world.
In the article, which at its core tells the story of two stowaways on board a Greek-owned ship, the author paints the picture that the high seas are a lawless place with lax safety and environmental practices and where “egregious crimes are routinely committed with impunity”.
The Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship is the first in a four part series entitled “The Outlaw Ocean”, which goes on to investigate cases murder at sea, slavery at sea and Sea Shepherd’s tracking of a notorious poacher.
In the video below, Maitland and Lyden-Kluss argue that erroneous media reports about the maritime industry need to be rebutted in order to eliminate any knee-jerk reaction that could result in unnecessary new regulations for the industry.
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