The growth of private sector companies providing security for commercial vessels has meant that ships are better equipped than ever to combat threats at sea. However, pirates around the world still persistently seek to take on large container ships and tankers. Whilst the Gulf of Aden has indeed witnessed a marked decline in the number of incidents, other regions remain increasingly hazardous for commercial vessels in transit.
Chief among these areas are the Gulf of Aden and waters of South-East Asia. A report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) found that, of the 18-recorded attacks off that occurred off coast Nigeria during 2014, 14 predominantly involved vessels involved with the oil industry. Additionally, in the same year 140 out of a worldwide total of 245 pirate attacks took place in South-East Asia, a majority of these were directed at small tankers carrying gas oil and marine diesel. Ultimately it would seem that international piracy remains a clear and present danger to commercial maritime vessels and their cargo.
How do Thermal Infrared Cameras help?
A thermal camera gives a a crewmember or operator the ability to view a threat in total darkness. By picking up the infrared heat signature that the human body emits, a long-range camera will be able to clearly detect an individual at sea and allow the user to determine the nature of the threat.