Lights out, sonic boom devices and water jets: how cruise liners keep passengers safe from Somali pirates

Drills for luxury liners places spotlight on potential threat

Ramola Talwar Badam

Defensive equipment from sonic boom weapons that emit piercing sounds, high pressure water jets, razor wire thrown down the side of a ship to security guards firing back at pirates, have helped cruise ships safeguard holiday makers on luxury liners for more than a decade.

Security protocols have beaten back pirates in fast-moving skiffs armed with AK-47s, grappling hooks and light-weight ladders since a rise in attacks in the late 1990s when merchant vessels were first hijacked and crew taken hostage.

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