While it’s easy to think of modern-day pirates as nothing more than chaotic and disorganized bands of criminal thugs, the truth is that today’s pirates often use sophisticated technology and are involved with large and dangerous criminal organizations. Pirate attacks on modern commercial vessels can be swift and shockingly well organized, leaving crewmembers reeling as the ship is boarded by violent and well-armed attackers.
Despite what many people imagine, modern-day pirates often have access to:
- State-of-the-art weaponry – Machine guns, rocket launchers, and grenades may be used, as well as a number of other kinds of sophisticated weaponry. Attackers are often violent, and crews are sometimes seriously injured in attacks.
- High-tech equipment – Many people assume that pirates don’t have access to modern technology, but that idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Pirates may use night-vision goggles, advanced GPS technology, and other advanced technology to target and attack ships.
- Smaller crafts – Pirates may execute organized attacks using a number of fast, smaller crafts, and it has become increasingly likely that these smaller craft are operating from a larger pirate “mothership” nearby.
Although commercial ships are generally larger and faster, unarmed or poorly defended commercial ships can be quickly overwhelmed by modern-day pirate tactics. As a result, cargo, vessels, and crewmembers are often taken by pirates and held for high ransoms.
Modern-day pirate attacks are serious and can leave lasting scars—both physical and psychological. If you worked on a vessel that was attacked by pirates, you may have the right to hold your employer responsible for what happened to you. To find out more about your rights, speak with an experienced attorney at 877-724-7800 for a free and confidential case evaluation.