The Sirius Star is one of the biggest ships on the seven seas: 332 metres (1,090ft) long, carrying two million barrels of crude oil – a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s daily output – worth £70m. And now she’s been captured by pirates. Source
Friday, December 19, 2008
Pirates, Ahoy !
Two Vintage Canons, installed by the British protect he Karwar Port from Pirates and Enemies...
Pirates of the lore have Returned, though much sophisticated and modern...
106 cases of piracy have been recorded in 1992. By 2002 there were 370 reported incidents and this is through yearly increases. The statistics go on to say that: the majority of ships have been boarded whilst at anchor, 10 crew members were killed by pirates in 2001 and 97 serious injuries and there where twenty five hijackings (or attempted ones) in 2002. The professionalism and desperation of these elements is growing as the records show.
The best means to combat modern day piracy on the high seas is to follow the few basic rules stated previously. To not anchor in unsafe places, to maintain a careful watch when underway and at anchor, to report any occurrences or incidents immediately, to batten and secure the vessel down at all times, to maintain full speed when passing through these area and to have adequate security precautions in place like charged fire hoses at the ready to repel boarders. Source