Five ships, two under gunfire, deterred attacks by Puntland pirates in the Gulf Of Aden in one day alone. Lessons, it seems, are being learned.
Evasive manoeuvering and fire hoses were used to defend the vessels, which have not been named, on 28 October. No injuries were reported among the ships’ crews. Their success may add further weight to arguments against arming ships’ crews, already an unpopular suggestion.
For such tactics to work, however, it’s vital that ships have sufficient manpower to mount effective watches, and that the crew be disciplined, drilled and trained and understand what to do.
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Ince & Co Article on Law and piracy
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Piracy Update – Svitzer Korsakov
Danish Maritime Authority Report On The Danica White (English)
Thomas Timlen’s worrying paper on SSAS
International Maritime Bureau
Rand Piracy Report
UK House of Commons Report
Maritime Piracy In The Modern World (American Bar Association Insights)
15 Reasons: Piracy Attack of a Ship is Different from Hijacking of Aircraft
Danica White, pirates and safe manning
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Piracy – MARAD Advisory
A Victim’s Story