Piracy has been and continues to be a big issue in the shipping industry, especially involving cargo vessels sailing through areas near Somalia and Western Indian Ocean, Gulf of Guinea. Now, we have seen the piracy threat expand to the Suez Canal. Since most shipping companies are prohibited from effectively defending themselves with methods other than fire hoses, sonic cannons or contracting expensive security firms, the US Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security have required ship owners to implement vessel security plans.  Part of these plans require that doors and hatches on shipping vessels have the ability to be secured from the outside, yet also allow for the crew members on the inside to be able to escape from these secured spaces in case of fire or emergency.  At a ship’s departure, the standard operating procedure is to keep all doors and hatches locked while crew members are not working on deck. The crew is tasked each evening to make a round on deck to ensure all doors are locked before the end of the day.  The most common method of addressing this issue is to put a padlock on the outside of these doors, leaving the “secured” crew members at the mercy of those on the outside to release them.

In October 2013, Sony Pictures released a film called Captain Phillips which chronicles the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the Alabama Maersk hijacking by Somali pirates in 2009. We highly suggest going to see the film in order to understand how our Safe Escape Lock could help you and your crew.


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