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MARITIME LAW NEWS: Rebekah Tanti-Dougall attends WISTA-UK Forum in Liverpool

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Dr Rebekah Tanti-Dougall, Associate at Advocates, Tanti-Dougall & Associates, has participated at a shipping forum organised by WISTA-UK which was held on 16th June, 2014 in Liverpool.

The well attended forum addressed various issues relating to the shipping industry in particular the need for the media to be fair when reporting maritime related matters like that of the Costa Concordia, the need for improved welfare of seafarers and the urgent need for practising professionals in the shipping sector to “become more passionate about promoting their industry” and this for a positive recognition of the many and varied benefits of sea transport. 

This notwithstanding that within the prevailing scenario there exist serious problems in the industry including those of piracy, hostage taking, untrue declaration on containers which unofficially would be carrying illegal immigrants, cyber terrorism as well as recruitment. Indeed, during the forum it was remarked that by year 2020, there should be some 5,000 seafarers short in the UK alone.

Captain Jessica Tyson, a marine consultant surveyor with CF Spencer & Co, Bristol, emphasized that the only time the marine industry was visible to the general public was “for the wrong reasons.” Referring to the Costa Concordia media reportage, she strongly censured the mainstream press for its reporting: “The Costa Concordia was a media dream. But 3,500 people were got off the ship safely, and less than 1% of those who had been on board died. No accident ever happens for one reason … it is an accumulation of errors.” She recommended that: “it is about time we started talking, and challenging totally incorrect facts about the industry.

Ms Bridget Hogan
, director of publishing and marketing at the Nautical Institute and Secretary of WISTA-UK, urged those participating at the WISTA-UK forum : “Let’s get some passion into things, hear less about the past …  we have to think about the debate that is going to move people. We can change from within, open ourselves more and be proud to do so.

WISTA stands for Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association and Dr Rebekah Tanti-Dougall, an LL.M. graduate in Maritime Law from IMO’s IMLI, is a member thereof.

Advocates, Tanti-Dougall & Associates provide an array of maritime related services including drafting of Memorandum & Articles of Association for shipping companies and their incorporation, ship and mortgage registration, judicial services and litigation including for the arrest of ships as well as the filing of application with IHS in London for an IMO Number for a new built vessel.

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