Indian ocean piracy: Chamber to host talk

2012-05-30 00:00

THE SA Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), in conjunction with the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB), will host a talk by Sean Minogue about piracy in the Indian Ocean.

The talk is at 12.30 pm next Tuesday at Chamber House, Royal Showgrounds.

Minogue has been a navigating officer on British and South African merchant ships.

He has been involved in shipping in the port of Durban for the past 40 years and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Minogue handled the business and documentation for a few vessels that were subsequently hi-jacked by pirates and became interested in finding out more.

His investigations have led him to realise that very few people have even a basic knowledge about the Somali-based piracy operations and he is concerned that the prevailing viewpoint of many people is: “Why don’t we just blow the pirates out of the water?”

The cost is R80 for SAIIA members, R90 for PCB members and pensioners, R100 for non-members and R40 for students.

Call Lorna Jones at 033 345 2747 or e-mail — Witness Reporter.

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