MSC Cruise Ship Evades Pirate Attack

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#2
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Interesting that a few days ago (4/20?), MSC issued a press release about a slight change in itinerary for this trip due to piracy in the area. (Scroll down to the other thread to get the to press release.)

From the latest press release, I really got a sense of the level of seriousness with which MSC handled the situation. Very reassuring to read this. Fortunately, all aboard are safe and unharmed.

I think cruiselines should re-evaluate their plans to continue to sail these unruly areas of the seas.
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Hey, I want those Israeli guys onboard any cruise ship I am on. The world has got to step up and deal with these pirates with the only "currency" they understand. Unfortunately, that is might. Good job MSC, for keeping your passengers, your crew, and your ship safe from these vermin.
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There is something fishy about this attack.

Several weeks ago MSC put out that Melody would be taking a wider route to avoid attack, pretty much told the travel media exactly where she would be.

All it takes is one pirate (or friend thereof) to have a computer and read about the cruise ship's new course and then plot her via the numerous free AIS websites. He/she can then tell his/her buddies where to hang around out in the open ocean and wait for her to come into the area. Once she comes into view on the horizon, off they go to give the ship some hassle.

Perhaps next time MSC (or any other cruise line) has a ship traversing the area, they will keep their mouths tightly shut as to where they will be routing the ship and not send an open invite to those who want to get into mischief.

Lesson learned, maybe?
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Way to Go! MSC!
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I have heard on Spanish radio that there were 6 pirates armed with AK-47. They reached the Melody from a mother ship, . There were 5 israeli private security members aboard whose weapons were on a safe under
the captain´s control. Now, the Melody is being scorted by a Spanish warship and is expected to call in Aqaba, Jordan.
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I noticed in the article it said that the maritime community had an issue with guards and weapons. In today's world that is asinine. I think all cruise ships should have some sort of security force and access to weapons to defend the ship and not just in that part of the world. Terrorist can be anywhere! I know the odds are low and that full time security on a ship will add millions to the payroll, but how much would you save if just one time, it stopped a takeover and ransom situation or even worse things.
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did nt they hang pirates in the past..and all the patsy s want to do now is use some harsh language..*as though they re really listening*

bullets are their universal language..noticed the pirates understood vewry well what the ship was trying to say *KEEP THE HELL AWAY*

hopefully this will be a positive message to the cruiselines as well..
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The Spanish Defense Ministry has just announced that in an action involving Spanish warship " Numancia " , the Indian " Nirdeshak " and several airplanes, they have captured the nine pirates involved in the attack to MSC Melody. The pirates were aboard two small boats near the point where the ship was attacked.
They will be taken by Seychelles Authorities.
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#11
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Wow -- thanks so much for sharing that information!

Originally posted by elcano
The Spanish Defense Ministry has just announced that in an action involving Spanish warship " Numancia " , the Indian " Nirdeshak " and several airplanes, they have captured the nine pirates involved in the attack to MSC Melody. The pirates were aboard two small boats near the point where the ship was attacked.
They will be taken by Seychelles Authorities.
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Originally posted by RCfanNdallas
I noticed in the article it said that the maritime community had an issue with guards and weapons.
In today's world that is asinine. ===> To say the least!
I think all cruise ships should have some sort of security force and access to weapons to defend the ship
-and not just in that part of the world.
It's nice to read that returned fire went a long way towards thwarting the attack!
My goodness.. who'da thunk it, huh?
Imagine returning fire when attacked -novel concept!



Has political correctness got the better of us?
The Marine Community has an issue with guards and weapons
only insofar as it finds itself bound up in international law!

When the West decides to get serious about this ongoing nonsense
and starts obliterating the pirates, their small attack boats and their mother ships
leaving no trace of evidence ..no-one to tell the tale
the problem will stop.

But for now we find ourselves stuck in our own legal mess!



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I concur with APLMAC above. The international community is upset that a boat defended itself? I am tired of the PC people out worrying about the pirates rights and not the people on the cruise ship. It is every humans right to defend one self. These thugs are just that. Gang members who have not been told NO by anybody and PAID ransom by others? What message do you send by paying ransom? and what message do you send by fighting? My bet is they stay away from the American and Italian boats from now on.
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How about a Redneck cruise? Everyone brings their own rifle and we cruise the area and have a real old fashion "fox" hunt.....anyone interested?
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Barbados
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Originally posted by szdiver
How about a Redneck cruise? ===> Cool!
Everyone brings their own rifle and we cruise the area
and have a real old fashion "fox" hunt.....anyone interested? ===> Hell yes!
All I need is a well-sighted-in .223 semi-auto rifle with a 4-10 x scope
a decent supply of ammo and I'm good to go.


Likewise my buddies in here.
Let's go fellas!



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Well done passenger safety is the the captain,s responsabilty and that is what he done these pirates need to be shown that people have the right to defend themselves
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I got this email, this morning ..and immediately thought of you guys

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Would anyone like to join me?

THE ENTREPENEURIAL SPIRIT IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE CRUISE LINE INDUSTRY....

WHAT?


I was checking cruise lines
because I heard the rates are very cheap right now.

Look what I found at www.shootapirate.com
<http://www.shootapirate.com/> (check this out)

........................................


A Somali cruise package that departs from Sawakin (in the Sudan )
and docks at Bagamoya (in Tanzania ).

The cost is a bit high @ 800 per person double occupancy
but I didn't find that offensive.
What was encouraging and enlightened
is that the cruise encourages people to bring their 'high powered weapons' along on the cruise.
If you don't have weapons you can rent them right there on the boat.
They claim to have a master gunsmith on board
and will have reloading parties every afternoon.
The cruise lasts from 4-8 days and nights
and costs a maximum of $3200 per person double occupancy (4
days).
All the boat does is sail up and down the coast of Somalia
waiting to get hijacked by pirates..
Here are some of the costs and claims associated with the package.

* $800.00 US/per day double occupancy (4 day max billing)
* M-16 full auto rental $25.00/day ammo at 100 rounds of 5.56 armor
piercing ammo at $15.95
* AK-47 rifle @ no charge. ammo at 100 rounds of 7.62 com block ball
ammo at $14.95
* Berretta M-107 .50 cal sniper riffle rental $55.00/day ammo - 25
rounds 50 cal armor piercing at $9.95
* Crew members will double as spotters for $30.00 per hour (spotting
scope included).
* RPG's are available at 75 bucks and 200 dollars for 3 standard loads

"Everyone gets use of free complimentary night vision equipment
and coffee and snacks on the top deck from 7 PM - 6 AM."

Meals are not included but are priced reasonably. Most cruises offer a
mini-bar

Plus, these gung-ho entrepreneurs offer......... get this..... "MOUNTED
MINIGUN @ $450.00 per 30 seconds of sustained fire"



They advertise group rates and corporate discounts....
.. and claim "FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY"
with a partial money back if not satisfied....here's some text from the ad.


"We guarantee that you will experience at least two hijacking attempts
by pirates or we will refund half your money back including gun rental
charges and any unused ammo (mini gun charges not included).. How can we
guarantee you will experience a hijacking? We operate at 5 knots within
12 miles of the coast of Somalia. If an attempted hijacking does not
occur we will turn the boat around and cruise by at 4 knots. We will
repeat this for up to 8 days making three passes a day along the entire
length of Somalia . At night the boat is fully lit and bottle rockets
are shot off at intervals with loud disco music beamed shore side to
attract attention. Cabin space is limited so respond quickly. Reserve
your package before May 29 and get 100 rounds of free tracer ammo in the
caliber of your choice."

...................................


Plus if all that isn't enough to whet your appetite,
here are a few testimonials from satisfied customers.

"I got three confirmed kills on my first trip.
I'LL never hunt big game in Africa again.
I felt like the Komandant in Schindlers list!"
---- Bernhardt -- Munich, Germany

"Six attacks in 4 days was more than I expected.
I bagged three pirates and my 12 yr old son sank two rowboats with the minigun.
PIRATES 0 - PASSENGERS 32! Well worth the price.
Just make sure your spotter speaks English"
-- Ned, Salt Lake City, Utah

"I haven't had this much fun since flying choppers in NAM .
Don't worry about getting shot by pirates
as they never even got close to the ship with the weapons they use,
plus their ****ty aim--reminds me of a drunken 'juicer' door gunner we picked up
from the motor pool back in Nam"
-- 'Chopper' Dan ----Toledo, OH.

"Like ducks in a barrel.
They turned the ship around and we saw them bleed and cry in the water like little girls.
Saw one wounded pirate eaten by sharks--what a laugh riot!!
This is a must do.
--- Zeke Minnahaw -- Booneville, Kentucky


Finally, someone had the common sense to cash in
AND solve a major problem.
These folks deserve a medal!


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