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Posted by Frank G 2012-04-03 09:36||
#2 pirate-pummelling water pumps
Using a surplus WWII flame thrower would also be useful in demotivating the pirates.
Posted by Chemist 2012-04-03 13:30||
#3 Cauldrons of boiling oil would work well.
Posted by gorb 2012-04-03 15:42||
#4 "Armed security guards on board the merchant vessels is very effective means of protecting them"
Ironic, considering the amount of hyperventilating when armed guards were first employed.
Posted by Pappy 2012-04-03 16:14||
#5 Ironic, indeed. I don't know whether the fuss was over men with guns (oh noes!) or that the pirates (indigenous brown-skinned people engaging in their charming tribal customs) might get shot without due process.
Rather than iron-clad protection, security often means simply making it difficult enough that the baddies to go somewhere else for their boodle. Compared to the expense of losing and ransoming a ship and crew, men with guns sounds very cost effective.
Posted by SteveS 2012-04-03 17:04||
#6 Seems like we won't need the Q ships after all.
Posted by Steve White 2012-04-03 17:17||
#7 On a slightly more serious note, I get the concerns some had about arming merchant ships. There were issues about ports, arms training and handling, storage, licensing and so on. I get that it's a thorny problem, but it wasn't an insolvable problem.
Lo and behold when the insurers got tired of paying, and the owners got tired of paying, and the sailors got tired of sitting in stir in Puntland, the problem got solved.
Posted by Steve White 2012-04-03 17:18||
#8 Piracy costs "costing the world economy up to $12 billion a year."
Better impose an individual mandate for piracy insurance...