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A journey through pirate alley

By • Aug 5th, 2009 • Category: Piracy

Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Seafarers’ Rights, is currently on an 8-day journey through “Pirate Alley” aboard the Maersk Idaho. Doug embarks on this journey for professional reasons. He wants to learn from the experiences of mariners who routinely sail through pirate-infested waters. The Director of SCI’s Center for Seafarers’ Rights, the world’s only full-time, free legal aid program for merchant mariners, says that he also hopes to draw attention to the professional seafarers themselves and their work, which is vital to the world’s prosperity.

To collect data and give exposure to his expedition, Doug will make careful observations and share many of them in real-time using Twitter. (To keep an eye on Doug’s journey, follow dbs5218.)

Observations will contribute to Doug’s understanding of merchant mariners’ perspectives and needs and add to a clinical study of piracy’s effects on merchant mariners and their families. This month SCI announced a multi-year study in conjunction with the Disaster Psychiatry Outreach at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. The first of its kind in the maritime industry, the study explores the clinical assessment and treatment of piracy attack survivors.

Please visit our website at for more information about the work of SCI and be sure to follow Doug on twitter throughout his journey!

– Need to know more about twitter: see our earlier post here

We wish Doug and the crew of the Maersk Idaho and safe and succesful trip.