Safety on the High Seas: Keeping Mischief to a Minimum

Ghost on Water

(DGIwire) — It’s no secret that children like to cause mischief. Whether it’s a toddler making a mess in the playroom or a teenager who sneaks out of the house in the middle of the night, it seems as if youth and defiance go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, not all mischief is innocent, and teenagers can often put themselves and others in extremely dangerous situations.

In early May 2015, a group of four suspects, ranging in ages from 17 to 22, were apprehended by officials of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) for alleged involvement in sea piracy and other crimes in the waterways of Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria, as reported on SaharaReporters.com. The JTF claimed that the quartet was responsible for most of the recent sea pirate attacks in Bayelsa State. According to Lieutenant Colonel Isa Ado, weapons were found on the suspects, including one AK-47 rifle, four rounds of special ammunition, one loaded G3 rifle and one pump-action gun loaded with cartridges.

According to a spokesman for the JTF, these individuals took advantage of the difficult terrain and maneuvered in the local creeks to attack and unleash terror on their victims. This is not an uncommon phenomenon. Take the 2013 film Captain Phillips, for example. Based on a true story, pirates infiltrated the MV Maersk Alabama, an unarmed American container ship, as it was rounding the Horn of Africa. While the ship’s crew consisted of seasoned seamen, they found themselves in foreign waters and were at the mercy of those who knew the territory like the back of their hands.

The JTF spokesman urged residents of the area to buy into the zero-tolerance campaign launched by the JTF commander, Major General Emmanuel Atewe. He pleaded with the residents of the communities to offer useful information that could enable the JTF to track down miscreants and criminals. He also said that the arrests would make the waterways safer and more conducive for voyages and economic activities in the region.

“Practicing zero tolerance and promptly reporting any suspicious activity is of the utmost importance when dealing with piracy at sea,” says Gregory E. Sancoff, President and CEO of Juliet Marine Systems, a developer of innovative maritime technology based in Portsmouth, NH. “Having cutting-edge technology on your side can also make a huge difference.”

Symbolic image of a ship to a gray backgroundSancoff is an expert when it comes to cutting-edge maritime technology. Juliet Marine has developed GHOST, a high-speed surface craft equipped with cutting-edge naval technology and capable of defending vessels in every body of water worldwide.

GHOST is equipped to handle threats posed by the small arms usually carried by pirates. Its high speed—and the fact that it is virtually undetectable even at short range by radar—makes it an ideal seacraft for protecting civilian craft.

“It takes persistence and vigilance to ensure safety on the high seas and protect crew and cargo,” adds Sancoff. “GHOST makes it easier to accomplish these vital goals.”

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