A new Dutch invention, the P-Trap, which claims to stop pirate skiffs dead in the water, is now in operation on board the Dockwise heavy lift ship “Treasure”, 53,818dwt. The non-lethal defence product was deployed while the ship sailed through the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden.
The P-Trap system uses a boom to tow thin lines through the water forming an impenetrable and almost invisible zone alongside and behind a ship.
A speedboat making an approach to the ship will inevitably run into the lines and jam its propeller. Once a line becomes entangled it will be automatically released, leaving the remaining lines intact to protect against other potential pirate vessels.
Westmark BV managing director Lodewijk Westerbeek van Eerten, creator of the P-Trap, said: “The system stops pirates from taking control of a ship by making sure they can’t get close enough to board. If they do come too close, the P-Trap functions to stall their engines and leave them stranded until, perhaps, the authorities can arrive.”
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - November 2011 Issue
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