I’ve been following all of this with wonderment for quite a while now. What I’m not understanding is what the multiple national navy
vessels are actually doing out there? You don’t hear about “thwartings” rather hijackings and interceptions of hijackings in progress. For the rest of the time where are all these naval vessels and what exactly are they doing?
1. If they are in fact out there “practising” manoeuvres or simply being visible to discourage hijackings even if no merchant or private vessel is in the vicinity, i.e. wasting tax payer fuel
essentially floating around aimlessly. How difficult could it be to structure a convoy situation say once per month? Private vessels congregate at a set date each month at a safe harbour before crossing. Obviously up to them to meet that date, or wait out or delay to meet the next months schedule. Then a naval vessel accompanies them for the crossing. Surely this is better resources spent than hanging around the region driving around in circles endlessly? Why isn’t this being done?
2. Better idea. Shark and Big Game
Hunting. In the old days hunters and gun fanatics would pay an arm and a leg upwards 10K USD for a hunting expedition to bag a “trophy”. How many gun nuts and wannabe Rambo's would pay to go Pirate Hunting today? Try out their AR-15’s with all the gadgets and magnified sniper scopes. An enterprising co. can setup a 60’ sailing vessel and hangout in the region where paying customers can pick of pirates as they approach. Someone could make an untold fortune. Certainly 100% more productive than slaughtering sharks and big game
. Even better simply pretend. Let it be broadcast and printed in Somalia that some companies have setup such enterprises and decoy vessels are now out there armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated armaments in the hands of private individual don’t care or are not constrained by any laws, anxiously and eagerly awaiting any and all pirates. Once can image the trepidation they would have approaching the next sailing vessel they come across.
3. Failing all of that, these private security
company as in 1 above. Coordinate a paying convoy. 1000 dollars per vessel X 22 (as some where hear mention of private vessels had planned to make the crossing). What’s the cost of moving the vessel overland if they aren’t sailing? Work out a workable rate is all.
What exactly is going on. Major naval fleets out there, the most sophisticated satellite
technology available and boats still being high jacked. Both private and commercial
. Being going on now a few years. Why? Too much red tape
? The powers that be tut tut and tsk tsking behind their desks, you can’t do this and you can’t do that?
Someone needs to kick it into gear
and fast. The situation is now beyond pathetic.