Blind them with light, drench them with water cannons or deafen them with sound blasts: these are some of the on-board anti-pirate features that figure in a project being developed in France. The project was presented Thursday and Friday in Nantes in western France to some 400 delegates attending MARISK, a forum on shipping security.
A series of traps and non-lethal defences are set to be installed on board the Partisan, a French military training vessel, in a 12-million-euro project piloted by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). Aside from the armed guards used on some ships, the main anti-pirate defence measure currently deployed is water cannons that some crews use against aggressors but at the risk of themselves being targeted.
“The aim of this equipment is to make the boats difficult to board, to make them very hostile, unwelcoming for the pirates,” said Eric Prang of Sagem, a French firm involved in the project.
Source: Michel Moutot for AFP.
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by Jay Langston / Jan 30, 2012