Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Korean developing anti-pirate system

                              Korean developing anti-pirate system 

The recently increasing cases of pirate kidnapping are leading Korea's shipbuilders to come forward to develop anti-pirate systems.

First, Hyundai Heavy Industries has created 'citadel system' as one part of anti-pirate systems.

The system keeps sailors from being kidnapped by pirates by providing the sailors with a citadel under deck where they can stay for a while, still being able to communicate with the outside world.

Samsung Heavy Industries has also invented 'integrated anti-pirate system' that allows conducting the whole process of distinguishing, tracing and eradicating pirate ships in a steering house.

The one-stop integrated system involves some functions; ▲ distinguishing pirate ships through analysing sailing information; ▲ monitoring and tracing the ships through high definition night vision and ▲ water cannon remote control.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering has acquired patent for 'fortress-type cabin' where there are no external pathways in accommodation space but only internal passages to secure sailors' safe passages and, at the same time, to prevent intrusions from the outside in advance.

Plus, Daewoo installs water cannon on ships and covers the external wall of the accommodation place with films to make the wall slippery so pirate cannot easily climb ships.

STX Offshore & Shipbuilding has come up with a strong iron door for sailor evacuation facilities to block any attempts of pirates, satellite transmission equipment to communicate with the outside and the space for emergency food storage.

Also, it is considering installing a system to allow stopping the operation of a ship engine in the evacuation facility to play for time when kidnapped.

The company currently reserves radar system to distinguish pirate ships from normal ones in advance and remotely-controlled water cannon and Water Jet Spray.

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