S. Korean ships to construct safe place for crew members against pirate attacks

By Piracy

Korean officials announced that South Korean vessels in international waters will need a safe area built for crew members defending them from pirates attacks.
A law to build a “citadel” in the ship was passed in the National Assembly on Nov. 22. Probably the law will come into force soon. In the moment owners do not have to construct such safe places in order to protect people on board. Crew members are easy target and vulnerable to pirate attacks.
9 cases have been recorder since 2006 when people on board were kidnapped by Somali pirates.
6 of them were in Korean vessels, 2 in Japanese and one in Singaporean vessel.
The government of South Korea will oblige owners to have security guards on their vessels when sailing through areas with high pirate activity.