NORFOLK - More trouble on the high seas. Officials say pirates attacked
another U.S. cargo ship Wednesday, but this time, failed to get
aboard. It happened off the coast of Somalia, as the Liberty Sun
sailed to Mombasa, Kenya.
Since Sunday, when Capt. Richard Phillips was freed, Somali
pirates have hijacked four ships and taken at least 75
WAVY.com found two local men who are coming up with ideas on how
to solve the piracy problem.
"That's just one little attack, they have nothing to lose," says
ODU'S Dr. Wayne Talley who wrote "Maritime Safety, Security, and
Talley is Executive Director of the Maritime Institute. Talley
says ODU is the only University in the Country that offers a port
management concentration for MBA students.
Talley proposes a sea marshal, like air marshals, carry weapons
to protect ships and crews in dangerous regions like Somalia.
"There would be one person who would be armed," Talley said.
"It hasn't been talked about before, and I'm mentioning it now,
to you....this would provide needed security that is lacking."
Former Navy Seal Tom Rothrauff is a trained sniper and praises
how the Navy SEALs took out the pirates holding Captain Richard
Phillips. The Virginia Beach businessman has developed the Maritime
Boarding Alert Device.
"The device has a beam of light, and when penetrated sounds
horns and flashes lights. A sleeping crew would then be alerted
that pirates are trying to board before they actually do."
Rothrauff has yet to sell any of these devices, but hopes the
recent news of pirates on the sea will help move his system. He
estimates the device would cost between $360,000 and $400,000.
Dr. Talley says it's a new age. The pirates are emboldened with
nothing to lose boarding unarmed ships. Talley says the attacks
will continue until the pirates fear the prospect of boarding a
ship because they are armed.