MV Iceberg 1 website home page - click to go there
A couple of days ago the Mariners Action Group established our official website. A screenshot of the Home page is posted above; click on it to go to the actual site. 

I hope you'll give it a look and let us know what you like about it, and what you think it needs. The site is there to do a job - to educate the public about MV Iceberg 1 and her captive crew, to tell people what the Mariners Action Group is all about (see the Mission Statement tab), and to guide those who want to do more to support the hostages to our membership site, so they can sign up and get involved. I hope you fit that description!

The site links to our other resources - consisting at the moment of the FB page, a Google+ page, and the membership site whose job is to sign up supporters and communicate with our membership as it grows. 

We've had great Facebook traffic - as of this moment, 2,292 people have "Liked" the FB page, and 50 have "Liked" the post on that page announcing the establishment of the website. The stats counter says that 117,698 folks have seen the page itself or a post about the page. The MV Iceberg 1 issue certainly excites people's concern. But somehow, that hasn't translated into active members. 

And we need members - members to sign petitions; members to support and give power to our contacts with other organizations who are working from various directions for the captive crew; members to provide their unique point of view about how to meet our challenges.

So I'm appealing to you to help solve this conundrum! First, obviously, by considering the Golden Rule. If you were a mariner in their shoes, you'd want every kind of support you could get - so we, as fellow mariners, should be prepared to give that support ourselves. 

Second, you can help by giving us your take on the whole effort: are there obvious gaps in what we're trying to do - is there something wrong with our way of trying to generate support - are we failing to make the case to those who are new to the issue? It's often very hard to see from the inside what is painfully obvious to someone on the outside.

Please let us know your views! And think about whether you can support the effort yourself. The MV Iceberg 1 hostages could be you and me!

3/12/2013 09:26:41 pm

Thanks for your article! I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of other people can be benefited out of your writing. Cheers!

3/13/2013 03:12:52 am

Dear Elisa,

Happily, the MV Iceberg 1 crew have been freed, but there are still others held hostage; and even those who have been freed need help recovering from the effects of their captivity, and getting back to work.

It's not generally known, for instance, but former piracy victims are sometimes passed over for hiring because manning agencies or companies don't want psychologically "damaged" personnel. And the crewmembers are often not paid during the time of their captivity, and often can't collect their back pay after being released. Those two things can be a double-whammy for the well-being of that seafarer and his family.

Please go on over to the MAG website - it's just been updated and given a facelift - and, if you feel so moved, please consider joining the MAG and giving us the benefit of your insight! We'd welcome your participation.




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