Seafarers Union Warns Of Indian Ocean Boycott

LONDON (Dow Jones)–A key union Friday warned of a possible boycott of seafarers in the Indian Ocean, a key oil route, over increased piracy.

The International Transport Workers’ Federation, which numbers 201 maritime trade unions representing 720,000 seafarers worldwide, said in a statement it “is moving closer to having to advise seafarers to consider avoiding working in all the affected areas–including the Indian Ocean.”

The union said the considerations after an “increasing number and range of Somali pirate attacks, and by their now routine use of extreme violence and death threats against the 800 mariners they are currently holding hostage.”

-By Benoit Faucon, Dow Jones Newswires