Slowing down a vessel to save a fuel in pirates waters?

By Vessels

Extreme tension between Somali pirates and merchant vessels, guards with weapons could become more casual as some shipping companies have cut vessel speeds through the highest-risk regions to save on fuel.
The shipping companies have decided to defend from the pirates with armed guards, rather than speed, for protection by reason of a single day at lower speeds can save $50,000 in fuel at today's prices - the money for hiring armed guards.
The speed cut go against advice that vessels should use their maximum speed to avoid pirates in dangerous areas. Pirates have never can board a ship with speed around 18 knots or more and container vessels and other faster ships have crossed the pirates area up to 1,500 miles off Somalia's coast at up to 24 knots.

But many container shipping lines were afraid of high prices for the fuel at maintaining this speed, the result is losing money.
"They're looking for just about anything that will allow them to save costs," Mr Widdows told. "The opportunity for exchanging shots out there very certainly increases if people start to do this."
Peter Cook, director of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, informed estimates in the start of the year had put the total fuel money cost to shipping companies of sailing faster through the high-risk regions in 2011 at $2.7bn. But, he was against speed reductions.