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Top 10 Anti-piracy Equipment for ships to defend against pirates

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In this article we mention the most common anti piracy equipment of 2020. Anti-Piracy equipment is essential for safety. Below is a introduction about Piracy and the need of essential equipment for ships against them. We will describe the top 10 anti piracy equipment.

Now these days its a crucial task for the procurement team of a sea going vessel to equip the vessel with 3 layers of defence against piracy treads. Pirates are active in 2020 in the most common waters in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The main reason to procure anti piracy equipment is to protect the crew and cargo of the vessel.

Armed guards are more seen on vessels but without the proper equipment onboard the life of these guards and crew are also in danger.

Concertina Razor Wire

Barbed tape or razor wire is a mesh of metal strips with sharp edges whose purpose is to prevent passage by pirates. The term “razor wire”, through long usage, is used to describe barbed tape products.

Razor wire is much sharper than the standard barbed wire; however named after its appearance but is not razor sharp. The points are very sharp and made to rip and snag clothing and flesh.

Razor wire is used in many high-security applications because, although it can be circumvented relatively quickly by humans with tools, penetrating a razor-wire barrier without tools is very slow and difficult, giving security forces more time to respond.

Razor wire creates an effective barrier if properly rigged and secured. The quality of razor wire varies considerably and lower quality razor wire is less effective. Please read also our article Which razor wire is best for vessel protection against pirates?

Marine Floatation Bullet Proof Vest

ballistic vest or bullet-resistant vest, often called a bulletproof vest, is an item of personal armor that helps absorb the impact and reduce or stop penetration to the body from firearm-fired projectiles and shrapnel from explosions, and is worn on the torso.

Soft vests are made of many layers of woven or laminated fibres and can protect the wearer from small-calibre handgun and shotgun projectiles, and small fragments from explosives such as hand grenades.

Marine Bullet Proof Helmet

Today’s militaries often use high quality helmets made of ballistic materials such as Kevlar and Twaron, which offer improved protection. Some helmets also have good non-ballistic protective qualities, against threats such as concussive shock waves from explosions.

Today’s combat helmets created for modern warfare requirements and upgraded with STANAG rails to act as a platform for mounting cameras, video cameras and VAS Shrouds for the mounting of night vision goggles (NVG) and monocular night vision devices (NVD).

Warning Signs “Electric Barrier”

Probably the most simple anti piracy item but very effective. Reports shown that ships equipped with electric barrier warnings sign as additional to the razor wire installed have less attacks then ships without the warnings signs.

The signs are helpful; they warn a potential intruder to think twice before entering the vessel. Best is to install in both English as Somalian language.

Lookout Dummy

Some ship owners could not hire armed guards for multipole reasons. This could be political or economical. Lookout Dummies will not replace armed guards but could be a reason for pirates not to board the ship.

Some use boiler suits from crew and others use military boiler suits to warn the pirates of crew or guards on lookout duty.

Anti Shatter Film 15 mtr

The bridge is usually the focal point of an attack. In some situations, attackers direct their weapon fire at the bridge to intimidate the ship’s crew to slow or stop the ship. If pirates board the ship, they usually make for the bridge to enable them to take control. Bridge windows are laminated for protection against flying glass via blast resistant film or anti shatter film.

Sandbags for Bridge

Sandbags can provide additional protection on the bridge wings. They need regular checking to ensure that they have not degraded. Also recommended to install sandbags to providing ballistic protection to protect gas cylinders or containers of flammable liquids.

Night Vision Binocular

night-vision device (NVD), known as night optical/observation device (NOD) and night-vision goggles (NVG).Is an optoelectronic device that allows images produced in levels of light approaching total darkness. The image may be a conversion to visible light of both visible light and near-infrared, while by convention detection of thermal infrared establishes thermal imaging. The image produced is typically monochrome, e.g. shades of green.

NVDs arecused by the military and law enforcement agencies, however being available to civilian users. The term usually refers to a complete unit. Including an image intensifier tube, a protective and generally water-resistant housing, and some type of mounting system. Many NVDs also include optical components such as a sacrificial lens, or telescopic lenses or mirrors. An NVD may have an IR illuminator, making it an active as opposed to passive night-vision device.

Motion Sensor/CCTV

Once an attack is underway it may be difficult to assess whether the attackers have gained access to the ship. The use of CCTV coverage allows a degree of monitoring of the progress of the attack from a less exposed position. Some companies can monitor and record the CCTV from ashore, which will be of value when provided to the military.

Cameras for coverage of vulnerable areas, particularly the poop deck and bridge as essential. Also the CCTV must be located on the bridge and at the safe muster point/citadel. CTV footage is useful evidence for attacks and without doubt stored in the cloud or harddisc.

Satellite telephone

When under attack by pirates the crew needs safely hiding in citadel rooms. Being crucial to have communication with the authorities on shore. If you have also a CCTV installed, which is remotely accessible crew may provide local authorities the in log credentials. Satellite communication onboard helps when entering an area crowded with pirates. Lowers the risk of a ship hijacked.

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