Pirates Usually Attack at Night or Early Morning
Though armed with the most modern weaponry, the modern day pirates still use small motorized fishing boats which are fast and too small to get detected by the ship’s radar system. When these boats are used by the pirates, generally at night, they are literally invisible to the ship’s crew. The pirates wait in these small boats, under the darkness of night, and speed up as soon as they see a big ship coming their way.
From piracy attacks in the past, it is said that pirates generally attack the ship from its astern side, using ropes attached with hooks at one end. Some of the pirates also use long bamboos to attach the ropes with hooks on the ship’s side. Some pirates have also been seen using light ladders made out of wood and bamboo. The pirates are really fast with these activities and board the vessel way before the ship’s crew realizes and raises the alarm.
Although all the huge cargo and tanker vessels are basically too high to climb, when fully loaded, these vessels move quite low with a fairly high draught. This makes it even easier for the pirates to board the ships. Moreover, most of the piracy attacks mainly take place near to the shoreline using small speed boats. However, some of the recent piracy attacks have even taken place at a distance of three to four hundred nautical miles from the shore. In such cases, pirates use a bigger mother ship and anchor is near the sea route. When the targeted ship arrives, they use small power boats to attack the ship.