Why can’t Ships see the Pirates Coming?
Another valid question that comes to everyone’s mind is why can’t the ships see the pirates coming? Are the crew member’s sleeping? Why can’t the ship just speed up and escape the pirates?
Though all the above mentioned questions sound valid, escaping the pirates is not as easy as it seems. Now though most of the modern ships have highly advanced navigational equipment, the number of personnel monitoring them is very few. With the increase in automation, ship owners have drastically reduced the number of mariners working on board a particular ship. A normal cargo ship today has less than 25 crew members working on it, including the Captain. Out of these, only two of them will be at the bridge, monitoring the radar and other navigational equipment. This makes it difficult to keep a track of each and every thing coming in the vicinity of the ship.
Moreover, the boats which the pirates use are too small and fast to show on the ship’s radar system. Also, the pirates generally attack at night or early morning, when the mist or darkness provides them enough cover to escape notice. Apart from this, even if the pirates get detected in the ship’s radar system, it is difficult to immediately speed up and maneuver such huge ships.
Piracy in Somali waters thus seems unavoidable unless some drastic steps are taken by International bodies to fight piracy at the grass root level.