x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Dogs 'an effective deterrent' against pirates

Somali pirates have not been deterred by futuristic weapons such as sonic cannons and electric shields.

Somali pirates have not been deterred by futuristic weapons such as sonic cannons and electric shields. So one Dubai company is trying a more conventional form of defence guard dogs. Sharaf Shipping has contracted for a team of dogs to be aboard a ship this month. "We support the dogs solution because it is a non-lethal alternative to carrying armed guards," said Capt Sirpreet Kahla, the operations manager for Sharaf. "No one will board a vessel guarded by trained dogs. If a crew carries guns, it could lead to a return of fire and no merchant vessel wants this. The safety of the crew is paramount."

Dogs were "effective as a deterrent", said Grant Goldwin, the president of SEAL Security. "Fear will spread throughout the community and young men will not volunteer to join." tbrooks@thenational.ae