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Posted By: Kasey Hawks

Posted On: Nov 20, 2008
Views: 2608
Air surveillance

Why aren't we using Satellite to track any unknown Vessels until boarded or destroyed? We have long rang Predators armed with missiles.Predators can be launched off a Small Carrier.We either Train Crews to fight or hire Soldiers.The Liberty ships of WW11 would bait the wolf packs to get close enough then expose her deck and open fire.The merchant Marines would do both jobs Sailor and Soldier.K Hawks


Posted By: Rweathers

Posted On: Nov 19, 2008
Views: 2577
Somali Pirates

I would station a multi national task force of light, fast warships and support aircraft to patrol the coast and sink every pirate vessel they encounter. Any pirates that are captured in the process should be hanged in public as has been done for hundreds of years. They will lose interest very quickly.

The other option is the Mystery or Q ships used by the British in WWII to lure in U-Boats expecting an easy (and inexpensive) kill with their deck gun. A heavily armed and armored ship disguised as a merchant vessel (possibly in distress). When the pirate vessel gets in close, the Commandos that have been at the ready "let fly" on the pirates with light and medium weapons. It claimed quite a few U-Boats!


Posted By: MasterWelder

Posted On: Nov 19, 2008
Views: 2408
New Ships with Defective Welds

Seems that GL has had issues with new ships that were buit in Asian yards (China?). Seem the yards would not build to GL class so owners had them built under different class and then changed them to GL following delivery. I think the class society that supervised their building and also the yards should be revealed. They might have used the the same yard that built the LPD-17 to train their welders. Time to tighten the reigns on these rogue yards in the far east before we start to see major accidents. If they can't weld how can they build diesel engines under license?


Posted By: SpongeBob

Posted On: Nov 19, 2008
Views: 2333
Kudos to the Indians

Great job lads! About time someone took action against these leeches of the sea. Shoot first and don't ask any questions later. It's a shame that one boat got away.

Keep up the good work!


Posted By: Rob

Posted On: Nov 17, 2008
Views: 2351
Pull te Plug?

Art,
Are you nuts?
So you sink the ship, and anger the pirates so they ask "who did that?"
1) The person who did it admits it and gets shot.
2) No-one admits it an they all get shot.

The best thing to do is ask them how they would like their coffee...


Posted By: Flying Dutchman

Posted On: Nov 13, 2008
Views: 2455
Pirates

Pirates are brave against ordinary crew. Place a team of 2-4 military professionals on board and order to open fire at any attempt to attack the ship. But let's not discuss the human rights, the seamen also have rights, not only pirates.


Posted By: menachem fruchsad

Posted On: Nov 8, 2008
Views: 2601
arm

to solve the problem is to arming the vessel and training the officer to use it.
same as in israeli shipping company


Posted By: Art

Posted On: Oct 30, 2008
Views: 2907
MV Faina pirate takeover...

"Pirates still are holding a Ukrainian ship carrying Soviet-made tanks, artillery shells, grenade launchers and small arms off Somalia's coast and are demanding a $20 million ransom. The MV Faina was seized in late September and is being monitored by nearby U.S. naval ships."

This from the news this am @ 0657. STILL?! Come on! Start a slow flood of the enginroom via hull breach "installed" by way of a security swimmer. Connect a threaded fitting to accomodate a water injection line to accelerate the fill of the hull as needed. HOW FRICKING HARD IS THAT? Rats WILL abandon a sinking vessel.

Once complete, reverse the flow and right the ship. All weapon shipments are waterproof.


Posted By: Captain Hook

Posted On: Oct 27, 2008
Views: 2860
Water Jets

I like the idea of the high pressure water jets. Nothing beats lethal force as a deterrent. Great fodder for the sharks as well.


Posted By: seafernz

Posted On: Oct 22, 2008
Views: 2806
Simple remedies

1. Arming crew is dangerous - there are far too many contentious issues among crew and passengers on merchant vessels. It is a long and hard learning cycle.

2. Patrolling coastal waters is a new political arena for control. Even the Arctic is not spared. Let alone millions of dollars getting pumped into international waters. If freight companies pay, frt rate would go up to break even going round Cape of Good Hope.

USE WATER: We cut steel using water jets these days. A good system of hull nozzles arrayed around the hull can cut these "pirates" into bits. It adds to an extra "Security sprinkler system" on board with auto settigs.


Posted By: Captain Hook

Posted On: Oct 21, 2008
Views: 2602
Pirates

It is in fact amazing that the worlds fleets do not deploy the "microwave weapon". These scruffy bandits are beginning to proliferate like flies. Now, with the deployment of some of the navies of the world to problem areas the simple solution is to shoot on sight any vessel with improper intentions. We should also cut off all humanitarian aid to any country that harbors such vermin.


Posted By: CAPT. ANDREW K.CARLSSON

Posted On: Oct 21, 2008
Views: 2517
BEATING THE PIRATES.

THIS SUBJECT IS RATHER VERY OLD. IN 1961 I HAVE BEEN ON THE US OWN,LIBERIAN FLAGGED AND ISRAELI CHARTERED TANKER "PATRIA". IN THE NARROWS IN VICINITY OF BAB AL MANDAB, PASSING FROM ARABIAN SEA IN TO THE RED SEA "PATRIA", FULLY LOADED WITH PERSIAN ( PRESENTLY IRANIAN) CRUDE OIL WAS APPROACHED BY THE UNIDENTIFIED "FISHING CUTTER" AND ONLY THANKS TO OUR CREW OF ISRAELI RESERVE SOLDIERS WITH GUNS WHO PREVENTED SHOOTING ON US WITH GRENADE LAUNCHERS AT CLOSE ENOUGH RANGE. DUE TO UNPOPULAR AT THIS TIME QUESTION OF LEGALITY OF HAVING MACHINE GUNS ON BOARD OF MERCHANT VESSEL THIS WASN'T "WIDELY ADVERTISED". DURING THE "OPERATION DESERT STORM" WHILE SAILING AS MASTER OF "USNS CAPE MAY" AS A PREVENTION OF PIRATE ATTACK
I POSTED ONE CREW MEMBER AT THE SHIP'S STERN DECKHOUSE. REGRETFULLY, UNARMED, HE COULD ONLY CALL BY PHONE TO THE BRIDGE IN CASE OF EMERGENCY.
IN CONCLUSION, ONLY IMMEDIATE AND HARSH RESPONSE IS EFFECTIVE, ANY DELAYS WOULD INVITE MORE TROUBLE.


Posted By: Paul

Posted On: Oct 15, 2008
Views: 2541
ship's securityq

I have to tell you that when I was sailing in some of these waters the vessel I was attached to had a squad of armed U.S. Marines on board as it's security. Gotta say that I never felt safer at sea.

It seems like U.S. flagged vessels should be able to "borrow" some of our troops to help protect our interests at sea. At present we send our guys to die guarding some pretty shakey foreign lands all in the name of "policy". How bad would it be to ask the government to help us protect americans on american vessels?


Posted By: Cynic

Posted On: Oct 10, 2008
Views: 2700
MACHINE GUNS

Brit Commodore quoted as endorsing idea of not only having armed security details but talks of deterrent effect of having twin heavy machine guns mounted on bridge ... that really requires heavily trained help. otherwise, what with angles of deflection and all you could wind up like the cajun who shot the snake that got into the pirogue .. oh oh, hole in de boat!


Posted By: HerrDieselMeister

Posted On: Oct 10, 2008
Views: 2694
US Ratification of Marpol Annex VI

About time the final documents have been presented. Now let the games begin! Will we see a kinder and gentler USCG or gun toting petty officers harrassing licensed officers? As enforcement hasn't been hammered out yet this should be interesting as well.

A note to US bunker suppliers and barge companies. Time to see accurately executed BDR's, aka complete and legible, appropriate Marpol recognized sampling procedures, and delivering vessel/barge stamps on all documents. Remember, here in the US it is the barge name that is important not the name of the tug pushing or towing it!

Enjoy and safe voyage to all!


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