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|03-21-2011 02:54 PM|
I used Google News
ing pirates - Google News
|03-21-2011 02:49 PM|
|LandLocked66c||Has anyone heard any updates? I've googled and all I can find are the old articles?|
|03-04-2011 01:47 PM|
Question: These attack have occurred hundreds of miles of the coast, 600mi in the latest incident I believe. So the pirates are operating out of a larger base ship? - probably a stolen commercial vessel? If that's the case then it should be an easy matter of finding and sinking them....no?
It's one thing if you're making hit and run attacks in a high speed skiff with the safety of the coast to run to, but if your in a giant stolen freighter flying a flag that's not yours - how hard is it to find, board, and check that all is in order?
There's a big difference between a rouge coast you should avoid and piracy on the high seas. What seems to be the problem here?
|03-03-2011 11:33 AM|
One solution to the problem of private yachts wanting to transit the area is a flotilla/convoy coupled with Naval Guards, Gulf of Aden Anti Piracy Security Services . It seems to have worked before.
|03-03-2011 11:11 AM|
Originally Posted by kpgraci View Post
Also there are not enough navy ships to run convoys from the bottom of India and thats where the piracy is this year - the North Indian Ocean - not the Gulf of Aden so much.
Today the Dutch yacht Capricorn was captured (3 yachts in 2 weeks!) but were rescued by their surveyling security boat. This probably was more than a 'normal' cruising yacht and probably a 'super' yacht. (I put super in '' and my Bene 39 is more super! )
When we were in Oman there was one old tub of an ex-patrol boat manned by UK mercenaries. I had a good chat to them, but they were far out of our reach and were escorting tugs towing barges.
Certainly there would be money to be made, but at best there was only 100 boats going up that way last year, fewer this year and only geese with rocks in their heads next year. So it wouldn't pay. And that doesnt cover the idea of picking up the escort far south in the north Indian ocean... thats another 1,000+nms.
They pulled right up to my boat and then actually stopped another boat before me and a NZ'er in a 75 foot steel boat tried to run the skiff down. That made the skiff skedaddle
After that incident some lame-brain in the convoy suggested I should have handed out cigarettes (to kill them slowly perhaps?). I wonder if he would make the same suggestion now?
My website has the fun and fravolity of our transit with potos
However I didn't fully go into the detail of the passage from the bottom of India to Oman. That was by ourselves and we knew the Somali's were going further and further towards India. We were on alert from half way and diverted up 200nms off the rumbline to miss an area that had 3 attacks in the previous few months.
|03-03-2011 09:47 AM|
|sailingdog||Well, it depends... some prey animals flee, others fight... if the convoy is armed, that changes things....but carrying weapons can be a big problem otherwise.|
|03-02-2011 11:56 PM|
Most of the primary predators in Africa have as their favourite food source a herd of whatever they're hunting. Why?
Well, the herd has only one thing on their mind when the predator attacks - flight. Leaving the animal under attack to take the heat while they get the flock out of there.
Thirty yachts in a flotilla, a pirate vessel decides which one he wants (same as the lion does) and then attacks it, bristling with rocket launchers, grenades and automatic weapons. How many yachts in the flotilla are going to come to their rescue?
If you believe any of them will, then go flotilla sailing. Me?
I'd go to the Cape while the rest of the flotilla (like the animals in the herd) shout warnings at each other over their VHF's and head as fast as possible in the opposite direction.
OK I am a born skeptic. Sorry.
|03-02-2011 12:36 PM|
The problem is how do you tell some fishermen wanting to trade fish for cigarettes or booze, from pirates?
and as far as I know, there is no navy for rent.
but Blackwater, er Xe, might be willing for a price.
There is one thing I would do, if I choose to arm myself. put a laser on the weapon.
Everyone knows a laser dot means a gun is pointed at them... that could be an effective weapon, short of shooting into the air.
-in the previous photo, I'd have shot a warning shot.. into the air... just so everyone knows I meant business.
|03-02-2011 12:24 PM|
Wow! These people are FOOLS!
|03-02-2011 11:48 AM|
Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
Frankly, I don't know why this isn't already happening.
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