NORFOLK - More trouble on the high seas. Officials say pirates attackedanother U.S. cargo ship Wednesday, but this time, failed to getaboard. It happened off the coast of Somalia, as the Liberty Sunsailed to Mombasa, Kenya.
Since Sunday, when Capt. Richard Phillips was freed, Somalipirates have hijacked four ships and taken at least 75hostages.
WAVY.com found two local men who are coming up with ideas on howto solve the piracy problem.
"That's just one little attack, they have nothing to lose," saysODU'S Dr. Wayne Talley who wrote "Maritime Safety, Security, andPiracy."
Talley is Executive Director of the Maritime Institute. Talleysays ODU is the only University in the Country that offers a portmanagement concentration for MBA students.
Talley proposes a sea marshal, like air marshals, carry weaponsto 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 praiseshow the Navy SEALs took out the pirates holding Captain RichardPhillips. The Virginia Beach businessman has developed the MaritimeBoarding Alert Device.
"The device has a beam of light, and when penetrated soundshorns and flashes lights. A sleeping crew would then be alertedthat pirates are trying to board before they actually do."
Rothrauff has yet to sell any of these devices, but hopes therecent news of pirates on the sea will help move his system. Heestimates the device would cost between $360,000 and $400,000.
Dr. Talley says it's a new age. The pirates are emboldened withnothing to lose boarding unarmed ships. Talley says the attackswill continue until the pirates fear the prospect of boarding aship because they are armed.
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