Cmdr. Pinto said the pirates fired with automatic weapons, slightly damaging the liner, and tried to put a ladder on board. But he said they were unable to climb aboard. The commander said his security forces opened fire with pistols and the ANSA news agency said the pistols had been kept in a safe under the joint control of the commander and security chief.The relatively simple measure of hiring some competent armed security personnel defeated a piracy attempt. They didn't need military hardware or even rifles, but were able to drive off the attack with pistol fire. Hopefully some other shipping lines will start doing the same.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Cruise Ship Repels Pirates
Pirates attempted to attack an Italian cruise ship 500 miles from the coast of Somalia. Fortunately for the passengers and crew, the cruise line had hired a private Israeli security firm to protect their ship. Here's what happened,