British Security Firm Wants to Fight Pirates with…an MP3 Player

By Boonsri Dickinson | November 24, 2008 12:11 pm

piratesLast week a band of Somali pirates hijacked a Saudi Arabian tanker in just 16 minutes using Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers. This was just one of around 100 attacks in the area this year—leaving plenty of fear that the pirates are on their way to sabotaging one of the most important sea trade routes in the world. But the days of pirate victories may soon be over, thanks to a little scientific ingenuity. A British company called Anti-Piracy Maritime Security Solutions thinks the outlaws can be taken down using none other than a high-tech “sonic laser.”

Their plan is this: Hook up a long-range acoustic device (LRAD) to an MP3 player, and raise the volume to painful sound levels whenever pirates approach. The noise from the satellite dish-sized LRAD can get so loud that it causes permanent hearing damage. If threatened ships blast oncoming pirates with “precise beams” of warning messages, sirens, etc., it could be enough to cause “absolute agony” to any ambitious pirates, according to APMSS chief executive Nick Davis, and could make them turn back.

While anti-pirate sound doesn’t come cheap—the team and equipment costs $21,000 for three days of use—the technology is in high demand, with APMSS sending 10 teams out on on ships in the Gulf of Aden this week. Let’s just hope they’re armed with good ear plugs.

For everything you’d ever want to know about what’s going in pirate attacks, check out the Weekly Piracy Report.

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  • Amos Kenigsberg

    How much does an LRAD cost? Maybe ships that go through dangerous territory will start carrying them by default?

    But maybe the pirates will start wearing hearing protection?

  • Sunil Ram

    Canadian Security Firm Fights Pirates:

    CBC Radio: interview with a Pirate and with Sunil Ram
    of Executive Security Services International:


    Contact: Mr. Sunil Ram
    Media Security Consultant

    November 19, 2008

    Canuck seamen seek security advice


    TORONTO — Canadian seamen and shipowners are looking at ways of warding off pirates in the dangerous waters along the coast of Somalia. And they’re searching for answers in Huntsville, Ont.

    The latest high seas seizure is a Hong Kong-registered Iranian cargo ship commandeered in the Gulf of Aden yesterday, just days after a Saudi supertanker was taken.

    “I have been getting a steady stream of calls from concerned seamen,” said Sunil Ram, of Executive Security Services International. “People want to know what they can do to ensure their safety,” he said yesterday.

    “We offer a range of services to help with their security.”

    Crews are advised to use high-pressure fire hoses to keep pirates from boarding vessels and to be equipped with floodlights and sirens and if necessary, armed security teams, he said.


    “The rails of the ship should be greased and electrified to prevent pirates from boarding,” Ram said.

    Foreign Affairs in Ottawa said its embassy in Somalia has been closed and Canadians are being told to leave the country.

    “The security situation in Somalia is very volatile,” a government website says.

    Sylvie LaFleur, of Canada Steamship Lines, one of the Canada’s largest carriers, said its ships travel through the pirate-infested waters.

    “We take many precautions to ensure the safety of our crew,” LaFleur said.

    Pirates last month seized a Ukrainian cargo ship that had on board tanks, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition. Food shipments to the war-torn region are also being disrupted.

  • Jim Cowling

    Acoustic devices are a good warning system but one needs the threat of serious fire-power to deter an attack at long range. We use former Special Boat Service & FPG Royal Marines, armed with General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs). 3 guns per ship. Teams of 4 -7. Available on short or long term contract.

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