Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Now things have just been taken up a notch. While pirates have said that they would perhaps start killing crew, everybody's asking the US Navy for help. Rather than the Navy, the shipping companies should help themselves. The first step would be to actually arm a ship. A good first step is a small arms locker with assault rifles and the like combined with training for the crews. A better move, in my opinion, would be to forgoe half measures like that. The pirates would still be able to outgun the crew of a vessel, and that would just lead to a lot of killing on the high seas. Instead, because there are 2 locations where piracy is a big issue - the Gulf of Aden and Indonesia, I would contract with a PMC (i.e. mercenaries like Blackwater) to provide security on board in those areas. It would be a short term issue where you could airlift some personnel to the deck and then back off. This way you don't have to pay for them to be onboard when they aren't needed. In conjunction with this would be some serious security measures - vulcan cannons, surface to surface missiles (or RPGs - nothing too big), and other heavy arms to force the pirates to either give up piracy, look for softer targets, or spend the money to buy more serious weapons. I think you might find some who get in an arms race, but the majority couldn't outspend a corporation and after some serious losses, you might find piracy dying back down again. I don't know why they haven't done this yet, but it's the most immediate solution I can think of that should solve the problem (at least for that shipping company).