Shipping codes have been in the news recently, with the UK’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, calling for a complete overhaul of ship names, calling them “a huge problem.”
Johnson’s proposal has not gone down well with the ship names industry, which argues that changing ship names could lead to more piracy.
The current system has a few loopholes in it that allow pirate ships to evade detection, but not much else.
There’s also no requirement for a shipping code to be changed.
“The only reason why the pirates can ship around is because the pirates have an exemption from having to be a ship name,” said John D. Miller, director of the National Shipbuilding Association.
The ship codes system also includes a system of “subsidies” that allows ship owners to pay the government money for ships to be listed as protected from pirate attacks.
“If a ship has a subsidy and the government says they need to do a ship code change, the subsidy is paid,” said Miller.
“It’s really no different than if they have an extra money and the ship owner says, ‘Look, we can’t ship this ship because we have a subsidy.'”
The subsidy system also means that ship owners can avoid paying tax.
Miller said he knows of instances where a ship owner had to pay $2,000 in taxes just to get the ship listed as being “protected.”
“You get a ship that’s worth more than that and the subsidy just goes away,” he said.
A recent study by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) found that the cost of piracy in the Caribbean was more than $3.6 billion in 2010.
Ship owners pay between $2.4 million and $7 million a year for the protection of their ships.
The United States has not made any changes to ship codes, but there’s no requirement that the government pay for the cost, as is the case with the pirate ships.
That means some ship owners are still able to skirt the rules, and they’re not stopping at changing ship codes.
“We’ve got this great loophole in ship code that allows these ships to come up and attack ships, but we can ignore the law,” said Gary Hirsch, president of the Ship Name and Seal Certification Council.
“There are no laws against ship names.
They just can’t be changed because they’re a violation of piracy.”
That loophole is something the IMB wants to change.
“When we do a study, we look at the impact of changing a code, not the impact on piracy,” Hirsch said.
“So the IMBD has an objective, and that objective is to change ship codes.”
In addition to making the change, Hirsch is also looking at making sure that ship names are registered with the government.
“I think that ship name registration is an important step in making sure people are aware of what’s going on with ships,” Hinkin said.
Hirsch also wants the government to require ship owners in the U.S. and abroad to change their ship codes if they want to ship to the U