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Pirates – How can they be stopped?

April 14, 2009

Capt Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama got lucky. He had the Navy Seals come rescue him yesterday. I’m itching to know why he took the route he took. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

These modern-day Blackbeard The Pirate wannabes who hang about the Horn of Africa, taking a ship here, a tanker there, and doing it all with impunity… everyone knows where they are, and yet we keep hearing more and more ships falling into their net. Anybody know why?

I mean I find it unimaginable that after so many incidents, we still get reports of yachts and tourist ships happily sailing into these waters. Dude, why are pleasure craft even within five hundred miles of the vicinity? Left our brains at home have we? Or were people in some kind of twisted reality adventure package that included trying to outrun pirates?

Maybe I’m being a litle insensitive here but just from reading the news, aren’t the ship owners and their captains responsible to some extent? What got into them that they absolutely HAD to sail into Blackbeard territory?

And these pirates, they supposedly come from lawless regions. So how do you stop them?

Arming the ships is not a good idea says the US Coastguard chief because “the ship companies really don’t favor that right now.” Something to do with the difficulty of “training, certification and how you apply standards” apparently. Yeah, we prefer getting dragged out of our boats and have guns pointed at our heads than learn how to protect ourselves, I can hear the crew singing.

You appreciate why I’m confused to hear this coming out of most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people who never made an issue of training and certifying its citizens before.

Well here’s an idea. Stop sailing there. Draw a thousand mile boundary off the coast and stay away, even if its in international waters.

Here’s another idea. Someone set up a floating armed escort service for that stretch of sea. If I was a ship owner, I’d rather pay an escort vessel $1 million per trip than pay the pirates a $50 million ransom to get my ship and crew back. Alternatively, how about renting out security contractors armed with shoulder fired missiles to come on board to keep an eye on the waters while the ship navigates that stretch.

And since there’s no shortage of dunderheads that still insist on sailing there despite the warnings, then get jacked and cry “Oh woe is me,” I’m thinking this is actually good business. The security escort service I mean, not the jacking.

So, any Richard Bransons out there reading this?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2009 2:28 pm

    mmm maybe ppl purposely sail in there…get robbed…and go claim insurance?

    and maybe that’s why insurance agencies are falling apart? πŸ˜›

    Hmmm, how to collect insurance if you are already dead, unless someone’s already waiting on the sides to collect.

  2. April 15, 2009 1:22 pm

    maybe there’s a mastermind? or the person getting robbed is 100% sure they will not die? πŸ˜›

    i think we’re thinking too far. ahaha

    Its a good storyline for a movie though. πŸ™‚

  3. LC Teh permalink
    April 15, 2009 1:48 pm

    Get Rambo, McClane, dirty Harry, McQ, and that Chink by the name of John Wang…. Cast them adrift in a rubber boat. Wish them good luck. They’ll know what to do. Heheheh…

    I think they should unleash GW Bush on them. Nothing like some big old Texas talk to frustrate them to death. πŸ˜€

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