UNCLOS 1982, the Italo-Indian Flap, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

UPDATE (Mar. 21): Italian Marines Agree to Return to India to Stand Trial, Diffuse Diplomatic Row By John A.C. Cartner, Special to Piracy Daily Amidst all the head-wagging and hand-gesticulating marking the anti-pirate controversy between the Indian and Italian governments and the laws, we should step back and look at both the shorter and longer implications of the … [Read more...]

BIMCO Publishes Standardized Contract for the Use of Armed Guards on Ships

BIMCO, an international shipping association that shipowners controlling approximately 65 percent of the world's tonnage, announced today the publication of its highly anticipated GUARDCON, a standard contract for the employment of security guards on vessels. The new contract has been developed following the industries unfortunate need to provide ship owners and private … [Read more...]

Italy and India Stand Off Over M/V Enrica Lexie Incident [UDPATED]

Tensions are escalating between Italy and India over who exactly holds jurisdiction over last weeks incident involving the killing of two Indian fisherman by Italian guards onboard the M/V Enrica Lexie.  The two Italian guards, identified as Latore Massimiliano and Salvatore Girone from Italy's San Marco Regiment, were arrested Sunday in Kochi after four days of negotiations … [Read more...]

Volvo Ocean Race Reveals Anti-Piracy Plans

The Volvo Ocean Race has revealed its anti-piracy plan, which will see the fleet transported by armed heavy lift ship from an undisclosed Safe Haven Port in the Indian Ocean and resume racing from a set-down point along the Sharjah coastline in the northern Emirates, within a day's sailing of the Leg 2 finish in Abu Dhabi. Race organisers announced in August that the route … [Read more...]