Monday, July 5, 2010

Pirates use swarming tactic

It seems Somali pirates are using a new swarming tactic and we don't mean the kind of swarm you find on Foursquare! Lloyd's List recently reported the new tactic and its technique of "swarming" a ship with multiple skiffs, surrounding the vessel, and overwhelming the crew. It seems one attempt was quelled by Russian military personnel embarked on a ship to protect a sensitive cargo. We already know how the Russians deal with pirates.

We don't know how this is affecting Amver ships but mariners should continue to observe established anti-pirate tactics. You can find anti-piracy related details on the MARAD website.

How are your vessels dealing with piracy? Are you avoiding the Horn of Africa all together or are your crews employing other tactics?

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