Armed Merchant Ships, It Seems to be Working

One of the topics argued over in regard to dealing with the Somalia piracy problem has been the wisdom of hiring armed guards. Lloyds is reporting that many owners are choosing to hire armed guards for economic reasons, and “So far, no vessel with armed guards on board has been successfully seized…”

6 thoughts on “Armed Merchant Ships, It Seems to be Working

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  2. “So far, no vessel with armed guards on board has been successfully seized…”

    No doubt this truism will make the hand-wringers at IMO even more upset than usual.

  3. This is definately a “well, Duh!!” moment.

    Kind of like guessing the outcome of street crime in Australia when they outlawed handguns.

    Happy Holidays all…and Merry Christmas!

  4. It would be interesting reporting if they had done some investigation and presented an estimate of how many vessels transit the area with armed guards on board. If it’s 10%, the “so far” is pretty meaningless. If it’s 90%, the “so far” means there’s some sort of intelligence leak else how do the “pirates” know which to target and which to let pass?

    • All I can say is that there have been some attempts on ships with armed guards that have failed. Easier just to go find an easier target.

      If I remember correctly, the US position is to recommend use of armed guards. The US is taking a firmer stand on this than most of the European nations. I think I remember seeing that the US had made it illegal to pay ransom. Still there are very few US flag ships and virtually all of them are under US government charter.

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