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Merchant Vessel Defense Against Pirates: Preemptive Measures Can Prevent Boarding and Hostage Taking Andreas Uhl

Merchant Vessel Defense Against Pirates: Preemptive Measures Can Prevent Boarding and Hostage Taking

Andreas Uhl

Published February 15th 2011
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Pirates seize an average of 40-45 merchant vessels annually in the waters around the Horn of Africa. Somali pirates currently are holding more than 20 hijacked vessels and more than 500 sailors hostage.Too often, ship operators fail to take properMorePirates seize an average of 40-45 merchant vessels annually in the waters around the Horn of Africa. Somali pirates currently are holding more than 20 hijacked vessels and more than 500 sailors hostage.Too often, ship operators fail to take proper anti-piracy security measures, effectively turning their merchant vessels into “Golden Geese” ripe for the taking, writes the author.He goes on to discuss proven methods of hardening commercial ships and training their crews to prevent pirates – whether from Somalia or elsewhere – from boarding vessels and taking crews hostage.Andreas Uhl knows what he is talking about. A Commander in the German Navy, he has served in the German Armed Forces Operations Command staff in Potsdam as Operations Coordinator for the European Union’s anti-piracy Operation Atalanta, which was organized to protect merchant shipping and fight piracy in the Horn of Africa region between the Straits of Oman and the waters off Somalia.The author discusses:* the value of Best Management Practices established by the EU’s Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office-* route planning and coordination procedures with naval forces in the pirate-infested transit zone-* physical security measures and defensive technology to prevent pirates from boarding a vessel-* measures to prevent pirates who have boarded a ship from gaining control of the ship-* methods to keep ship’s crew from being taken hostage-* and proper training of crews in anti-piracy tactics.A detailed appendix provides information on the EUs Operation Atalanta and on the Maritime Security Centre - Horn of Africa.