Why Ports Need a GHOST

Cruise ship anchored in a caribbean port

(DGIwire) – There’s been a significant amount of news coverage about the threat modern-day pirates pose to commercial and recreational ships. However, to determine the full extent of the risks to ports and cargo, the even bigger picture of overall maritime security must be considered. Ports have seen a noticeable reduction in activity around the areas affected by Somali pirates. But even where traffic remains constant at sea, secondary problems often arise. These could involve scenarios where pirates attack vessels as they head into port or even vessels at anchor.

A recent article in PortTechnology.org explains the impact of the problem. Without a safe, secure and viable port, it will be ever more difficult for a country to rise from the ashes of war, civil unrest and rampant criminality. In many ways, ports can be seen as a window to a nation, reflecting the demands of the country and the products of its hinterland, also showing the wealth and power that a country and its populace can exert.

Speaking of Somalia specifically, the article asserts that until traffic is able to move freely once more, free from the risk of attack, it will be difficult to see the country live up to its potential, and it will seemingly be trapped in a downward spiral of terrorism, kidnapping, theft and piracy. Pirate thievery can be done violently or secretly, but either way, ports can attract and unknowingly harbor criminal activity.

Juliet Marine Systems, a technology company based in Portsmouth, NH, is focused on addressing a multitude of maritime safety issues. The company is integrating the latest technology to create new solutions for naval and commercial applications.

Juliet Marine’s lead product is a surface stealth-type vessel—almost like a seaworthy attack helicopter—aptly known as GHOST. Efficiency, economy and effectiveness have been packaged into this revolutionary maritime craft, making it suited for patrolling specific areas, especially ports where criminal activity is prevalent.  GHOST potentially can be used for patrol, rescue and transport, and even broader uses such as global cargo shipping.

Gregory E. Sancoff, Juliet Marine’s President and CEO, says, “The piracy issue is not going away, and pirates are actually becoming more sophisticated. We believe GHOST might present an advanced solution to this serious problem for countries and ports around the world.”