Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"You don't need a gun, the authorities will take care of you!" taken to

sea:
Four suspected pirates in a skiff attacked the ship again on Tuesday around 6:30 a.m. local time, firing on the ship with automatic weapons from about 300 yards (meters) away, a statement from the U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain said.

An on-board security team repelled the attack by using evasive maneuvers, small-arms fire and a Long Range Acoustic Device, which can beam earsplitting alarm tones, the fleet said.

Good ending, right? Pirates run off, nobody on the ship harmed, good deal. Not according to the Seagoing Brady Affiliate:
However, Roger Middleton, a piracy expert at the London-based think tank Chatham House, said the international maritime community was still "solidly against" armed guards aboard vessels at sea, but that American ships have taken a different line than the rest of the international community.

"Shipping companies are still pretty much overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of armed guards," Middleton said. "Lots of private security companies employee people who don't have maritime experience. Also, there's the idea that it's the responsibility of states and navies to provide security. I would think it's a step backward if we start privatizing security of the shipping trade."
Translation: "Don't do this yourself, you need Experts to save you from the pirates!" Except you don't, as this shows. I find it very curious that these companies would rather face a ship being taken and crew killed than hire people- or train crew, for that matter- to defend the ship. As for waiting for 'states and navies' to save you,
Underscoring the danger, a self-proclaimed pirate said Wednesday that the captain of a ship hijacked Monday had died of wounds suffered during the ship's hijacking. The pirate, Sa'id, who gave only one name for fear of reprisals, said the captain died Tuesday night from internal bleeding.
and
Pirates have greatly increased their attacks in recent weeks after seasonal rains subsided. On Tuesday, a self-proclaimed pirate said that Somali hijackers had been paid $3.3 million for the release of 36 crew members from a Spanish vessel held for more than six weeks — a clear demonstration of how lucrative the trade can be for impoverished Somalis.

Yeah, MUCH better to hope that some navy ship will be handy to save you, rather than trust some gun-toting seagoing rednecks(you think that's not how they see it?); after all, the people on the navy ship will be Minions of a State, therefore you should defer your safety to them. Right?

1 comment:

martywd said...

In this case one could use this variation on an old saying:
    When minutes count, the world's navy's are just hours away.