Traffic volumes are increasing, not only on our roads but also at sea. A new marine radar system with improved antenna technology is set to meet the growing demands of navigation – and protect ships against pirate attacks.
Marine safety has been at risk for many years. One of the biggest risk factors in international shipping is piracy. Pirates attack container ships and tankers, especially off the coasts of Somalia and West Africa. The sorry figures for 2012 show that 174 ships were boarded, 28 hijacked and 28 fired upon last year, with 585 people taken hostage on board around the world. The International Maritime Board (IMB) reports that 26 mariners were taken prisoner in Nigerian waters and six crew members were killed.