Although major pirate attacks and successful hijackings get a lot of press, many dangerous pirate incidents ultimately go unreported or unnoticed by the world at large because they are eventually thwarted. Whether it’s thanks to armed security, naval intervention, or crews fighting off armed pirates with whatever happens to be at hand, many pirate incidents each year are successfully cut short by their targets. Unfortunately, however, that doesn’t mean that the threat posed to the crew in these situations is completely avoided when pirates decide to flee.
Even attempted pirate attacks are a serious matter for the vulnerable crews involved, and it’s important to keep in mind that the overarching threat of “piracy” isn’t limited to only successful attacks. The modern-day threat of piracy is composed of a number of frightening incidents, both big and small, which might include:
- Approaching or threatening vessels
- Firing on vessels
- Boarding or attempting to board vessels, often from smaller craft
- Armed robbery of crewmembers
- Stealing ship cargo
- Hijacking vessels
- Taking and holding hostages for ransom
Whether you were involved in a major or minor pirate incident, your employer should take responsibility for the injuries suffered by their unprotected crews. If you and your fellow crewmembers had to risk your safety and fight off a pirate attack because the vessel you work on was inadequately protected, don’t wait any longer to get informed. Use the confidential contact form on this page to connect with our experienced team today, and start getting clear answers about your rights.