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Piracy News and Alert Update Service Launched Today
Here is a press release I've been distributing today, which I hope you find useful. Please forward on to anyone you think may benefit. Annoyingly I can't include links because this is my first post, which kind of defeats the object of the release, so I'll post them underneath.
A free piracy news service was launched today, giving mariners, sailors, journalists and the general public up-to-the-minute news and alerts on piracy in the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Gulf of Aden. The news, sourced from around the world, is consolidated and then delivered via email, RSS, Twitter and SMS. Data is delivered hourly, daily or weekly.
Followtheboat Piracy Update is constantly refreshed with news and attack information as soon as it is released, presented in an easy-to-read format. (consideration is given to sailors with low-bandwidth email connection). It offers links to email subscription and RSS update services. Followtheboat Piracy Updates are available through Twitter and, in some countries, via SMS messages. The page also sources important video clips and has a live piracy map with the very latest attack information.
The state of the piracy situation is now affecting the global economy and the situation is changing daily. It is important that those affected stay posted of events as soon as they happen. Many sailors are still crossing dangerous waters without the latest information at their fingertips. This service aims to fill that gap by providing filtered news searches sourced from news agencies around the world. These include the BBC, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, Reuters and various African and Middle Eastern publications.
News, updates and links are also provided by marine organisations like the MSCHOA, the ICC and the European Union Naval Force Somalia. The page offers a feedback facility to discuss improvements to the service. It is all free to use but donations are appreciated.
Followtheboat.com is one of the oldest and largest personal sailing blogs, run by Jamie Furlong, an ex-internet developer and LRPS of the Royal Photographic Society, and Liz Cleere, an award-winning writer. The website contains fantastic photography and well-observed travel stories, including their recent passage through 'Pirate Alley' in between the release of the Chandlers and the sad demise of s/y 'Quest'. Their story is currently being serialised in 'Sailing Today' and 'Oyster News' magazines. Their website hosts over 50 weekly podcasts of their journey from Turkey to India via the Gulf of Aden. With time on his hands whilst seeing out the monsoon in India, Jamie has put together this very comprehensive piracy update page. It is a must-see and must-subscribe for anyone interested in piracy.
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