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Modern-day seafaring — piracy, pawns and political detention

An emerging perception that piracy (at least of the Somalian kind) is over and that seafarers are now free from threats to their liberty and safety could not be further from the truth, write James Gosling and Mike Ritter from law firm Holman Fenwick Willan

Piracy aside, crew can often end up hostage to coastal states making claims on their vessels

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