http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/11/02/somalia.pirates.japan.ap/index.html My betting is on the US Navy in this one Seriously, wouldn't a small SMG carried by a few crew members be enough to dissuade these riff raff from taking on your ship. Tankers (and their cargo nowadays) don't come cheap! Why aren't more armed? I'll bet there are a few civilian charters for fishing out of FLA where the captains have a couple of shotguns for just such an eventuality, why not large commercial vessesls. Don't tell me its for insurance reasons - ya get your tanker hijacked and thats one hell of an "insurance reason". If you read the article, you see the North Koreans (who were captured, then fought back re-taking their tanker) have a different mindset I guess. But whats this bit about "handing the pirates over for prosecution at the nearest port..." What ever happened to stringing them from the yardarm - I thought International Law was pretty clear on this on the High Seas. Or are people just getting lazy?