Maritime Anti-Piracy - The Captain's Guidebook
This global guide covers all the high-risk areas from the tranquil backwaters of South America to hostile and dangerous areas such as the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean, and the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa.
The author has spent his career in the elite and secretive Special Boat Service (SBS), specialising in maritime counter terrorism, and is an expert at boarding ships, oil rigs and shore-based facilities. He has compiled this book drawing on his own knowledge along with input from current Captains from various yachts, superyachts and commercial ships, plus the information obtained from key agencies such as the International Maritime Organisation and International Maritime Bureau.
Peter King has spent the last seven years working in the Gulf of Aden High Risk Area and West Africa providing training, hardening, citadel emplacement and armed/unarmed security. He originally focussed on the private sailing and superyacht sector, but widened his scope as hijackings of merchantships increased; successfully repelling two Somali pirate attack groups. Now he is the director of the International Maritime Anti-Piracy Advisory Group, IMAAG, and is in demand internationally as a Maritime Security Consultant. He began writing this book due to the lack of decent handbooks giving good, clear advice to all mariners, not only commercial shipping close to Somalia. At that time there were no Best Management Practice guidelines, however now the book is designed to supplement BMP 4, not compete with it.
After reading this book, understanding its guidelines and implementing the practical and physical anti-piracy measures, any transit through a high-risk area, will be a much safer ordeal. The Captain, crew and vessel will be fully prepared for every eventuality with an intimate knowledge of how to react quickly, calmly and professionally.
A percentage of any profit made from the book will be donated to the Special Boat Service Association and Help for Heroes charities.