Pirates Off The Port Bow

At 11:00am we went to a seminar given by our Captain Jurica Brajcic called: The Times They Are A Changin' Ahoy! Pirates Off The Port Bow. On November 30th, 2008 M/S Nautica was attacked by pirates forty miles off Port Mukala in the Gulf of Aden by Somalia pirates and he told his story as he was the captain of the ship. He was awarded 2000 Euros by his home town of Dubrovnik, Croatia for keeping the passengers safe. He told us Oceania cruise ships are safe as they have speed and height as their weapons on board. They have water jets to keep the pirates off the ship and a sound that emits a high frequency that can damage the human ears. Most ladders pirates use have been 12 feet and our first accessible deck is Deck 5 at 24-25 feet. He gave us the history of hijacking and negotiations. An average time of negotiations once a cargo ship is captured is 3 months. To pay the ransom the owner flies the money in a small plane and it is parachuted down to the mother vessel. It was a fascinating talk. Hijacking has gone down in the last couple of years as they are learning ways to react. Cruise boats are not legally allowed to carry weapons. The first cruise ship attacked was in 2005 and the last one was April 29, 2009.
Facts on ransom:
2009 average ransom 3.4 million 52 boats paid and 177 million ransom paid to pirates.
2010 average ransom 5.4 million 44 boats paid and 238 million ransom paid to pirates.
2011 average ransom 5.6 million 26 boats paid and 135 million ransom paid to pirates.
We feel we are safe when we cruise with Oceania.

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