Thursday, August 21, 2008

Time for Q-ships

More piracy near Somalia.

Pirates have seized two vessels - a Japanese tanker and an Iranian bulk carrier - off the coast of Somalia.....

The hijackings come just two days after a Malaysian oil tanker with 39 crew was captured in the same area.

Including Thursday's attacks, six vessels have now been seized in this zone since 20 July.

It's getting a bit silly. If I ran a shipping company, I'd be looking for some answers.

I think it's time to revive the old Q-ship - a heavily armed ship that looks like a normal freighter - to take on a few of these pirates. Once the potential price for taking a ship gets too high, they'll back off.

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