Infographics: Anti-Piracy Weapons Used on Ships

Piracy is a burning issue in the maritime industry. The amount of money and resources spent to stop pirates are ever increasing.

Along with political and diplomatic tactics, a variety of non-lethal (and lethal) methods are used to keep somali pirates at safe distances from the ships.

Implementation of armed guards on ships is a matter of great debate. And Eunavfor is doing a fantastic job at protecting seafarers from somali pirates.

However, there is a long way to go when seafarers would feel safe in pirate-infested areas around the world. Until then, the demand for anti-piracy weapons is going to stay.

In the below infographics, we have mentioned some of the most important anti piracy weapons (and methods) that are used on ships.

Anti-Piracy Weapons

Kindly note that there are several other systems available in the market to fight piracy.

If you know any method we have missed or that is widely used on ships, let us know in the comments below.

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Raunek Kantharia is a marine engineer turned maritime writer and entrepreneur. After a brief stint at the sea, he founded Marine Insight in 2010. Apart from managing Marine Insight, he also writes for a number of maritime magazines and websites.

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  1. to stop a crime, you need a man (law enforcer) on the ground. If you go by the latest law enforcement tactic (revenue raiser) all you need is a camera. Good luck without a man with a gun. When he takes over the boat and starts killing the crew you can put it down to prevention

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  3. Armed guards are only as good as their training and offer a disproportionate response to robbers and activists. They’ve also been known to kill innocent fisherman that are trying to protect the nets that are their livelihoods. A team of 3 or 4 armed guards will only have one guard on duty at a time; therefore the potential to miss an approaching skiff is relatively high – especially in certain conditions like rising sea-states, high levels of fatigue, or when using inexperienced guards.

    The largest emerging threat to commercial shipping is that posed by terrorists – a threat that armed guards do very little to deter or counter. What is required is a device that counters the plethora of threats in a scalable and proportionate manner; that can be used in conjunction with armed guards.

  4. 8 years worked all WAF LİNE under THE MAERSK CHART.
    Wè have a Anti-Piracy system.
    When an attack appeared…
    Ateş the bridge alarm, all crew closed the doors, immediately proceed tek engine control room.
    İncluding the Ecdis system and all other bridge control systems had been taken to the E.C.R.
    ALSO communication.
    Use A.A.S. According to ISPS. (Ship Security Plan)
    And finally, they Can’t reach there, easy control the navigation.

  5. only way today’s day: armed 2 crew in Somalia~Suez is the ok idea
    if not using a hot water-jet, all other idea’s are useless
    Harare is a “game” ~ as just 3 days the Nato/USA/UN can arrest the pirate’s
    BUT not bothered of the merchent crew or officers

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