- On Sun, 28/12/08, CAPT.K.VIVEKANAND <capt@vivekanands.com> wrote:

From: CAPT.K.VIVEKANAND <capt@vivekanands.com>
Subject: HEBEI SPIRIT - "OPERATION FREEDOM" - RAPID ACTION IS NOW A NECESSITY
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Cc: "Capt. K.Vivekanand" <captvivekanand@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, 28 December, 2008, 11:02 PM

CALLING ALL MARINERS AFLOAT AND SHORE, SHIPOWNERS, SHIPMANAGERS, 
CALLING EVERYONE WHO IS IN THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY, IN INDIA AND WORLDWIDE.

GENTLEMEN,

THE LETTER BELOW WENT OUT TO THE MARITIME UNION OF INDIA. IT IS SELF EXPLANATORY.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT, TO SECURE THE RELEASE OF OUR TWO OFFICERS LANGUISHING IN THE CUSTODY OF THE SOUTH KOREAN GOVERNMENT. WE HAVE TO MAKE A SERIOUS CONCERTED EFFORT NOW TO BRING MATTERS TO A HEAD. WE HAVE TO STRENGTHEN THE HAND OF THE MARITIME UNION OF INDIA BY PREVAILING UPON THOSE UNDER YOUR CONTROL, TO BOYCOTT ALL SHIPS GOING TO PORTS IN SOUTH KOREA, BY NOT SAILING ON THEM. 

WE THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

CAPT.K.VIVEKANAND, President, MNOA (Madras)

Merchant Navy Officers Association (Madras) 
THE ANCHORAGE, 14 NAGESWARA ROAD, NUNGAMBAKKAM, CHENNAI 600034, INDIA

Tel: 91-9840048011, 91-44-28279693, Fax: 91-44-22662516, Email: captvivekanand@gmail.com 
Mr. S.S.Khan, General Secretary, THE MARITIME UNION OF INDIA
Dear Sir,

1. Since the 10th of December, 2008, when the Captain and Chief Officer of the Hebei Spirit were sentenced to imprisonment, much has been said and much has been done, in our attempts to prevail upon the Government of South Korea to release the two innocent officers. 
2. Across this country, we have had Flag Marches, Blockades, Protest Rallies, Petitions by Email, Boycotts and so on. Our organisation, MNOA, has spearheaded these activities, out of Chennai. But all this seems to have had little effect on the Government of South Korea.
3. All the Maritime Organisations in the world have stood behind us in condemning the acts of the Government of South Korea. They have directly written to the President of South Korea, just as we have done, to intervene, and have our officers released. But so far, to no avail. 
4. The Director General for Maritime Safety Policy, of the Republic of Korea Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, has written to me directly, offering only sympathy and lip service to a deteriorating situation. He also distanced himself from the Judiciary, by stating that his Government has to respect any decision made by the judicature court, which stands independent by the constitution of the Republic of Korea.  
5.  We believe, that by now transferring the bail application to the Supreme Court, the South Korean Government is only attempting to delay the bail process further. 
6. We just cannot sit back and watch this total disregard, by the Government of South Korea, of all our efforts to secure the release of our two compatriots. 
7. Your organisation, The Maritime Union of India, has to take firm and decisive action, to resolve this crisis, being in a position to influence all the Indian Merchant Navy Officers sailing in ships all over the world, who are members of MUI. 
8. As a first step, we would suggest that you persuade all your Officers not to sail on or join ships proceeding to ports in South Korea. We concede that this may be difficult in the present economic downturn in Shipping, but we are certain that your Officers will stand by your request, in defence of the Hebei Spirit Officers, because there always exists the possibility that they would find themselves in a similar situation in the course of their careers at sea. 
With warm regards,
Capt. K.Vivekanand, President, Merchant Navy Officers Association (Madras)

Tel: 91 44 22662515 (Dir), 22662512, 22662514
Mobile: 91 9840048011  Fax: 91 44 22662516
Email: capt@vivekanands.com, captvivekanand@gmail.com

  



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