Pirates in the Gulf of Aden may be in for a surprise the next time they decide to hi-jack a container ship. The latest anti-piracy technology showcased in Baltimore include an ear splitting squeal, propeller tangling ropes and a device that creates a curtain of foul skunk-smelling water. Piracy has been estimated to cost the global economy around $USD12 billion a year and the shipping industry spends up to $2.5 billion a year on security equipment, services and deterrent according to a 2010 report by the One Earth Future Foundation.
As anti-piracy measures have been ramped up there has not been a successful pirate attack on a US flag vessel since April 2009. There were 369 pirate attacks in 2011 as of October 21 with Somali pirates having been responsible for 208 of these according to the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau.
Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping line has announced last month a contentious plan of using armed guards for the first time on oil tankers to ward off pirates as part of a layered piracy defence.
Read more about entanglement systems, water shields and deafening “long-rang communication devices” here.