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Anti-piracy training for Philippines seamen

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2010 | 1:16 PM

The Philippines’ Labour Ministry has established new regulations that require its personnel aboard commercial vessels to undergo anti-piracy training.



The Ministry says starting January 15 seafarers will be required to go through classes before being allowed to go to sea.



The Philippines has a third of the world’s commercial sailors who have been among those taken hostage by pirates.



Labour Secretary, Marianito Roque said sailors will be taught how to use fire hoses, detect approaching pirates and maneuver their vessels to prevent pirates from scaling them.



They will also learn how to manage hostage crises if they are taken captive, but they will not carry arms or receive firearms training.



According to The Philippines’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Somali pirates have kidnapped 470 sailors since 2006 and are still holding at least 74 aboard six ships.