Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maritime TV, (www.MaritimeTV.com), a subsidiary Internet TV Channel on the TV Worldwide Network (www.TVWorldwide.com) announced that the latest webcast in its Series 'Piracy Mitigation Strategies' Series is attracting significant international traffic in response to panelist commentary.
The webcast, now available for on demand viewing on Maritime TV, was the second in the series and was produced January 8, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., in cooperation with the Piracy Daily Bulletin. The event was sponsored by AdvanFort, a recognized leader in global maritime security solutions. The keynote address was delivered by Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.), author of Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. Other expert panelists included:
-- Charles N. Dragonette, a recently-retired senior analyst on piracy at the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence.
-- Dr. John A. C. Cartner, a designated Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States; a member of other state maritime law associations, a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Law SOciety fo England and Wales and and the principal author of The International Law of the Shipmasterand Defending against Pirates: The International Law of Armed Guards, Small Arms and Privateers.
-- William H. (Will) Watson, vice president of government affairs and governor with the Maritime Security Council, where he represents the Maritime Industry on the National Council of ISACs (Information Sharing & Analysis Centers), and the president of AdvanFort.
"About 70% of the populations of pirates that we captured are what we call catch and release," said Rear Admiral Terry McKnight, USN (Ret.), author of Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia. "We basically caught them, we thought we had enough evidence, but higher-up authorities said, 'A), you don't have enough evidence.' which was telling me we didn't want to go through the process of trying to prosecute these people."
McKnight added, "The people who have paid for the armed security teams have not been hijacked."
"We cannot afford to have the contagion of the violation of the rule of law spread with piracy and I fully agree with Admiral Knight that we've got to have Navies doing this, Navies who can afford to do this," stated Dr. John A.C. Cartner. "But I also think that those must be supplemented very strongly with private armed guards, because this is where the suppression occurs, the tactical suppression, right there, right then at the spot."
"One of our catch phrases at Advanfort is 'Your best deterrent is our show of force'," remarked Captain Will Watson. "When the skiffs are approaching the vessel, have the private security go to the rail, hold their weapons over their heads and show the pirates that there is armed security on board. More often than not, that turns them around."
"If governments of legitimately constituted states are not going to be governing the ocean then it will governed by whoever has the most firepower to be there at the time, "said Charles N. Dragonette. "It was the Somalis Pirates for a while...it will now be the private maritime security companies."
"We're pleased to see the strong and growing international traffic response to this latest event in our 'Piracy Mitigation Strategies' Webcast Series on Maritime TV," stated Dave Gardy, Chairman and CEO of TV Worldwide, Maritime TV's parent network. "This is a hot topic in the maritime sector and we're preparing to announce the formation of a Washington Piracy Working Group to advise us on direction and content for this series. Our next webcast is slated for February 12, 2013 and will address Training for Piracy Encounters."
The event was moderated by Martin Edwin Andersen, Editor of the Piracy Daily Bulletin. This event marks the official launch of Piracy Daily, which, together with the Piracy Daily Bulletin, has been created as a critical resource for understanding a centuries-old (and the first recognized) international crime against humanity. "We're excited about the strong interest level in our content since we've launched," remarked Andersen.
About Maritime TV, a Subsidiary of TV Worldwide
As a pioneering global Internet broadcasting and streaming media company, TV Worldwide (www.TVWorldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based interactive channels, including Maritime TV (www.MaritimeTV.com) in 1999. Maritime TV is now the industry's pre-eminent channel for live and archived webcasts and video presentations involving the commercial and military shipping industry. Programming on Maritime TV ranges from congressional hearings on important marine industry issues, to live interactive town hall and advocacy group meetings, to training on shipboard safety and operational fundamentals. Maritime entertainment-based programming is also available, including the entire collection of episodes from the renowned television series, 'Victory at Sea'. Over time the channel has also evolved into a leading source of industry-specific information for media outlets in the mainstream press, such as USA Today. Maritime TV is pleased to serve this industry, so vital to the global economy, as the world's first maritime TV channel.
About TV Worldwide
Founded in 1999, TV Worldwide (www.tvworldwide.com) developed the first Internet TV network of community-based Internet TV channels, primarily targeting niche professional communities ranging from the Maritime industry to the Digital Media sector. Known by many in the industry as "Intelligent Internet TV," Fortune 500 companies, 35 government agencies, and numerous International associations, including the National Association of Broadcasters, utilize TV Worldwide's live and archived state-of-the art video streaming content applications and Internet TV channels. In recognition of the company's unique achievements in new media, TV Worldwide was selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) to webcast past Daytime Emmy Awards and the Emmy awards for Technology and Engineering. CEO Dave Gardy has been honored by Streaming Media Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Streaming Media. Mr. Gardy has served as the President of the International Webcasting Association (IWA).