Saturday, July 18, 2015

Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship


The popular 2013 film Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks no doubt got many people thinking about lawlessness on the high seas.  If it did pique your interest, be sure to check out Ian Urbina's upcoming series in the New York Times titled The Outlaw Ocean.  The first installment in the series is Stowaways and Crimes Aboard a Scofflaw Ship. Here is part of the introduction:

 "Few places on the planet are as lawless as the high seas, where egregious crimes are routinely committed with impunity. Though the global economy is ever more dependent on a fleet of more than four million fishing and small cargo vessels and 100,000 large merchant ships that haul about 90 percent of the world’s goods, today’s maritime laws have hardly more teeth than they did centuries ago when history’s great empires first explored the oceans’ farthest reaches.
Murders regularly occur offshore — thousands of seafarers, fishermen or sea migrants die under suspicious circumstances annually, maritime officials say — but culprits are rarely held accountable. No one is required to report violent crimes committed in international waters."
Update (July 20):  Here is the second in the series ("Murder at Sea").

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