Webcast Expert Panelists Say Presence of Navies and Armed Security Teams Aboard Merchant Ships, Beginning to have Deterrent Effect.
Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maritime TV, (www.MaritimeTV.com),
a subsidiary Internet TV Channel on the TV Worldwide
announced that the latest webcast in its Series
'Piracy Mitigation Strategies' Series is
attracting significant international traffic in response to
The webcast, now available for on demand viewing on Maritime TV,
was the second in the series and was produced January 8, 2013 at
the National Press Club in Washington D.C., in cooperation with the
Piracy Daily Bulletin. The event was sponsored by AdvanFort, a
recognized leader in global maritime security solutions. The
keynote address was delivered by Rear Admiral Terry
McKnight, USN (Ret.), author of Pirate Alley:
Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. Other expert panelists
-- Charles N. Dragonette, a recently-retired
senior analyst on piracy at the U.S. Office of Naval
-- Dr. John A. C. Cartner, a designated
Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United
States; a member of other state maritime law associations, a member
of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Law SOciety fo
England and Wales and and the principal author of The
International Law of the Shipmasterand Defending against
Pirates: The International Law of Armed Guards, Small Arms and
-- William H. (Will) Watson, vice
president of government affairs and governor with the Maritime
Security Council, where he represents the Maritime Industry on the
National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing & Analysis
Centers), and the president of AdvanFort.
"About 70% of the populations of pirates that we captured are
what we call catch and release," said Rear Admiral Terry
McKnight, USN (Ret.), author of Pirate Alley:
Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. "We basically caught
them, we thought we had enough evidence, but higher-up authorities
said, 'A), you don't have enough evidence.' which was telling me we
didn't want to go through the process of trying to prosecute these
McKnight added, "The people who have paid for the
armed security teams have not been hijacked."
"We cannot afford to have the contagion of the violation of the
rule of law spread with piracy and I fully agree with Admiral
Knight that we've got to have Navies doing this, Navies who can
afford to do this," stated Dr. John A.C. Cartner.
"But I also think that those must be supplemented very strongly
with private armed guards, because this is where the suppression
occurs, the tactical suppression, right there, right then at the
"One of our catch phrases at Advanfort is 'Your best deterrent
is our show of force'," remarked Captain Will
Watson. "When the skiffs are approaching the vessel, have
the private security go to the rail, hold their weapons over their
heads and show the pirates that there is armed security on board.
More often than not, that turns them around."
"If governments of legitimately constituted states are not going to
be governing the ocean then it will governed by whoever has the
most firepower to be there at the time, "said Charles N.
Dragonette. "It was the Somalis Pirates for a while...it
will now be the private maritime security companies."
"We're pleased to see the strong and growing international traffic
response to this latest event in our 'Piracy Mitigation Strategies'
Webcast Series on Maritime TV," stated Dave Gardy, Chairman
and CEO of TV Worldwide, Maritime TV's parent network.
"This is a hot topic in the maritime sector and we're preparing to
announce the formation of a Washington Piracy Working
Group to advise us on direction and content for this
series. Our next webcast is slated for February 12, 2013 and will
address Training for Piracy Encounters."
The event was moderated by Martin Edwin Andersen, Editor of
the Piracy Daily Bulletin. This event marks the official
launch of Piracy Daily, which, together with the Piracy Daily
Bulletin, has been created as a critical resource for understanding
a centuries-old (and the first recognized) international crime
against humanity. "We're excited about the strong interest level in
our content since we've launched," remarked
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network of community-based interactive channels, including
Maritime TV (www.MaritimeTV.com) in 1999.
Maritime TV is now the industry's pre-eminent channel for live and
archived webcasts and video presentations involving the commercial
and military shipping industry. Programming on Maritime TV ranges
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entire collection of episodes from the renowned television series,
'Victory at Sea'. Over time the channel has also evolved
into a leading source of industry-specific information for media
outlets in the mainstream press, such as USA Today.
Maritime TV is pleased to serve this industry, so vital to the
global economy, as the world's first maritime TV channel.
About TV Worldwide
Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed
the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV
channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities
ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector.
Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune
500 companies, 35 government agencies, and numerous International
associations, including the National Association of Broadcasters,
utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video
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recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV
Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts
and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast past Daytime Emmy Awards and the
Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering. CEO Dave Gardy has been
honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most
Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy has served as the
President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).
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