Two American flagged tugs will soon depart for Saudi Arabia transiting through pirate waters. The Crosby Moon and the Crosby Marlin, both 145 foot tugs with barges in tow will leave Charlotte this week for the Persian Gulf.They are to pass off the coast of Somalia in 4-6 weeks at a top speed of 5-7 knots.
One might think that they are an easy target for the recently created Somalian Navy, (ehhemm…) pirates?
Not so. Prior to entering dangerous waters they will each receive a detachment of 11 Special Forces types from Blackwater. When the Blackwater security liaison toured the tugs prior to departure he asked the C/E if he had a high pressure fire hose onboard. The Engineer replied “To repel boarders?” No, BW replied, “So I can wash their bodies off the deck”.
You want an answer to the pirate problem? There it is. If a Bayou tug operator can afford to place 22 members of a security force on two tugs, At 15,000.00 per man, per day. Why can’t shipping companies?
With all the previous posts about the pirate attacks, I thought some of you would find this interesting. Hopefully, the guys on the tugs will not become a banner on CNN or HNN in mid July. But, if I were making the trip, I would feel much more comfortable with a couple of heavily armed, motivated, pirate killers sitting across from me at the galley table.
Pass the gratons Tibbideaux…