Piracy might seem like a problem that is a world away, but it is a definite reality for some Connecticut companies.
The company paid a $1 million ransom to Somali pirates in February for the release of the MV Biscaglia, a 27,300 ton tanker, and its 28 crew members. The negotiation was a success.
Basil Mavrolean, a Greenwich-based marine consultant, tells the Connecticut Post the piracy situation in the Indian Ocean has gotten out of control.
"It's a major issue and the answer is for the world to police these guys to get rid of them," Mavrolean said.
Others say it's a losing battle.
"We're trying to fight a gentleman's war against people with no rules," Jay Bolton, a retired oil tanker captain and a member of the Stamford-based Connecticut Maritime Association, told the newspaper.
Shipping companies are considering new non-lethal devices, such as electric fences around the ship's perimeter and long-range acoustic devices, but Bolton tells the Post, the pirates will keep taking ships until law enforcement is established in Somalia.