Originally Posted by minaret
If I remember the story correctly, the Puntlanders "army" "laid siege" to the vessel for a week. And yet somehow all eight pirates "escaped". At least someone bothered to rescue
those guys. Another few years and maybe the Red Sea route
will become an option again...
I don't think 8 Pirates escaping actually matters a jot - it's not as if Somalia
is short of folks with AK47's willing to do stuff.
What I would do is make sure nothing onboard was working (nor repairable) and then invite the locals onboard to remove anything (left?!) for scrap as part of demonstrating that the ship has no cash value and then explain that it would usually be scrapped but because of the costs involved in towing her elsewhere it is simply not commercially viable. and that as the insurance
has paid out to the owners they are neither interested, nor actually own it anymore.
And therefore she will be left where is until such time as someone in Somalia
can find a way to scrap her. For me it would be a good way of making it clear that the Pirates had just spent a couple of years guarding something that was actually worthless
......do that a few times and even the thickest of Pirates would start to catch on that not much money
in stealing scrap metal - that can't be easily disposed of.
If Puntland can get forces deployed along it's shores, at least now and again (and ideally also a coast guard boat or 2 - with a big gun or 3!, with Somali style Rules of Engagement
) then would move the problem further south. Doesn't 100% solve the problem but anything that makes the job for the Pirates more difficult and more expensive would help make the business less viable and therefore less attractive.........I reckon in 2 or 3 years the Pirate threat will have receded to the point that a run through the area is no longer suicidal - "safe" might take a while longer