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Sunday, 16 January 2011

Capt. Sahil Puri's research on Criminalisation at Sea


“Wake up higher authorities .I am young and energetic and pretty much optimistic towards my sea service. Kindly take short notice action on criminalisation. Best regards.”
                                                                     - One of the respondents, a Pakistani cadet 

The above statement in my opinion symbolises the crux of the problem that this research was aiming to address. It has shades of despair which reflects the helplessness of the respondent, much the same feeling shared by majority of the seafarers that participated in the survey. Whether it was the insecurity of being treated like a criminal or lack of confidence in the international bodies and governments to deal with this issue, the results were disappointing for the morale of the workforce that is supposedly the engine of the global economy. The results clearly reflected that this problem is deep rooted and no matter what level of shipboard organisation, what department or what type of ship, the issue has had a negative impact.          

On the contrary the above statement also has shades of hope and optimism. Same was apparent in the majority of the respondents who actively came forward to put across their point of view and their suggestions on how to deal with this issue. The wide acceptance that the solutions mentioned in the questionnaire received, is in itself a sign of optimism that ‘Something can be done’.

The only question however that remains unanswered is “Will it be done??”  

(With permission from Capt. Sahil Puri.)   


Here is the conclusion from Capt. Sahil Puri's most interesting research on criminalisation at sea. I shall be placing his work here, as it becomes available for publishing, on a regular basis. In this case, though, the conclusion was what was more important - so.

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