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Posted By: Doug

Posted On: Oct 8, 2008
Views: 2406

Intersesting to see responses. On the deep sea tug which I am master(on leave)of and which recently passed thru the Gulf of Aden we would have to pick the extra people up at Dondra Hd on our last tow or divert and carry them for up to 3 weeks without sufficient accomadation and on short rations probably as for the crew we can only carry about 2 months worth of food. We would have to keep them entertained for this period of time as well. A bit impractical for a vessel which would be a likely target as it is slow moving and easy to board.

Posted By: Cynic

Posted On: Oct 4, 2008
Views: 2483

See the Kenyans have put Mwangura of Seafarers Assistance in the slammer for letting the cat out of the bag about where those tanks were really headed. Interesting that so many U.S. ships are baby sitting the tanks.

Posted By: HerrDieselMeister

Posted On: Oct 1, 2008
Views: 2530
AKER Philly

AKER Philly has been doing a great job with their recent new build projects. As short sea shipping needs to get off the ground here perhaps they should partner up with someone like DAMEN and build a few :spec" short sea vessels. With the DAMEN straightforward designs and the automated technology at Philly a project like this would be a snap. Unless a yard here takes the initiative and offers up something off the shelf for this trade American operators like always will drag their feet or sit around trying to conjure up some off the wall designs of their own. Let's roll now and get some of this traffic off the highways.


Posted By: Mariner

Posted On: Sep 30, 2008
Views: 2344
Gun shy shipowners

Those international shipowners who don't want the expense of hiring security professionals should maybe look to the Navies of the states whose flags they fly to protect them!

Maybe the Liberian, Panamanian and Cyprus naval forces could clean up the Somali pirates!

Posted By: HerrDieselMeister

Posted On: Sep 27, 2008
Views: 2416

About time the USCG did something right. I am sure the Damen design will be a success and Bollinger builds a decent craft so it is a win/win situation. Wonder if the Navy will ever catch on and follow suit?

Continued success to Damen - They were great 30 years ago and are still going strong!

Posted By: SpongeBob

Posted On: Sep 26, 2008
Views: 2317
Pirate Defense System

Make a recording of Hillary Clintons voice and distribute it to the worlds fleet. They then broadcast it through deck mounted speakers at the approaching boats. That should be enough to scare anyone off. If that doesn't work break out the trusty old M-79 and drop a few rounds in their boat.

Posted By: Cooking School

Posted On: Sep 25, 2008
Views: 2296
That microwave weapon is real

The Science Guy's suggestion is at least worth a look.The so-called "microwave weapon" is available now in a scaled back version, called Silent Guardian,from Raytheon.

Big question is how it would work at sea, against a moving target like boat. Here's how one U.K. newspaper described it last year:

A square transmitter as big as a plasma TV screen is mounted on the back of a Jeep.

When turned on, it emits an invisible, focused beam of radiation - similar to the microwaves in a domestic cooker - that are tuned to a precise frequency to stimulate human nerve endings.

It can throw a wave of agony nearly half a mile.

Because the beam penetrates skin only to a depth of 1/64th of an inch, it cannot, says Raytheon, cause visible, permanent injury.

But anyone in the beam's path will feel, over their entire body, the agonising sensation I've just felt on my fingertip. The prospect doesn't bear thinking about.

"I have been in front of the full-sized system and, believe me, you just run. You don't have time to think about it - you just run," says George Svitak, a Raytheon executive.

Silent Guardian is supposed to be the 21st century equivalent of tear gas or water cannon - a way of getting crowds to disperse quickly and with minimum harm. Its potential is obvious

In tests, even the most hardened Marines flee after a few seconds of exposure. It just isn't possible to tough it out.

This machine has the ability to inflict limitless, unbearable pain.

What makes it OK, says Raytheon, is that the pain stops as soon as you are out of the beam or the machine is turned off.

BTW anyone remember the episode of Star Trek where they'd all turned evil and captain Kirk had Sulu being puished in "the agony boot"?

Posted By: The Science Guy

Posted On: Sep 25, 2008
Views: 2184
Deploy the Microwave Weapon

Fit the fleet with the Microwave weapon and fry any of the sleazy creatures that get within range. People at sea have enough to worry about today than to spend time defending themselves.

Posted By: the AB coresounder

Posted On: Sep 25, 2008
Views: 2156
better training

more training for the crews teaching them tactial methods to protect the ship with more excercises in different scenerioes and possibly arming the crew with leathal or nonleathal hardware would provide the best results

Posted By: Capt Bob

Posted On: Sep 25, 2008
Views: 2144

You know what could be very effective is simply to put a small boat blockade on the coast using modern technology and just shoot down any vessel violating the blockade.

An onboard security team will likely not be very effective unless there is a willingness to use lethal force without absolute proof

Posted By: Capt. Jim Daniels

Posted On: Sep 24, 2008
Views: 2154
"Pirates Problems call us

Call me ex military police / merchant mariner we'll supply the hardware and men you supply the transportation to your vessel. Lets give the terrorist's a taste of their own medicine. Email me


Posted On: Sep 23, 2008
Views: 2188
Ban ransom payments

There is only one way to stop the pirates. An enforced international legal prohibition on paying them ransoms.

This is brutally tough on present hostages and pretty tough on shipowners, too. It might also be hard to enforce, given problems with enforcing antibribery laws. But just preventing insurers covering ransom payments would be a start.

On the other side of the coin, the rules of naval engagement should be simply to sink pirates, not just frighten them

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