Piracy. A modern day scourge

The LSLC welcomes members and other shipping professionals to the fourth monthly event in the 2011 – 2012 events programme.


Piracy is one of the most difficult problems confronting the international maritime industry today. In February 2011 there were 31 ships being held by pirates with 730 seafarers being unlawfully detained in the most appalling circumstances. The situation has improved but the cost to the industry in commercial and humanitarian terms is unacceptable. The criminal act of piracy has to be high on the agenda for discussion at any maritime forum.

The main issues to be covered at this seminar will include:
+ Background to the development of modern day piracy and current trends;
+ The international regulatory position;
+ The legal position for the world’s navies and the use of armed guards;
+ A review of a ship owner’s position and actions available to combat piracy;
+ The human cost and what can be done to alleviate the suffering of detained crews.

Chair:Mark Connoley– Reed Smith LLP
Panellists:William Howard – Reed Smith LLP
Capt. Pottengal Mukundan – I C C - International Maritime Bureau
Roy Paul – ITF Seafarers Trust/Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme
An IMO representative - tba
Venue:Reed Smith
The Broadgate Tower
20 Primrose Street
London EC2A 2RS
Time:6:00pm to 8:00pm to be followed by a Reception
CPD Points:This event is accredited for 2 CPD points