Accession Number : ADA620546


Title :   Preventing Pirates from Boarding Commercial Vessels - A Systems Approach


Descriptive Note : Capstone project rept.


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Cabungcal, Juan ; Mastran, Keith ; Rosenberg, Eric ; Kaniss, David ; Powell, Jason ; Walsh, Greg ; Laing, Chris ; Quijano, Nathaniel


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a620546.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 147


Abstract : Piracy represents a serious threat to modern maritime traffic, causing significant financial losses as well as loss of life. The system's proposed area of operation is the waters of Indonesia, as current antipiracy solutions are not feasible due to the region's unique physical geography. Worldwide deployment is possible with minimal modifications. The systems engineering process was used to identify a system that effectively and economically prevents pirates from boarding commercial vessels. A model of the operational environment was developed in MATLAB to run simulations designed to estimate the relative effectiveness of each assessed countermeasure. A cost analysis was performed on the most effective system configurations to determine economic feasibility; the best-value system was recommended. The results of the project indicated that the P-Trap countermeasure, designed to entangle the pirate s propellers with thin lines, is both effective and economically viable for wide-scale deployment. The further addition of a fire hose system using net projectiles to increase the difficulty of boarders to climb onto the vessel was found to enhance the system effectiveness, while remaining cost-effective.


Descriptors :   *COUNTERMEASURES , *MERCHANT VESSELS , *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , *TRAPS , COST ANALYSIS , COST EFFECTIVENESS , DEPLOYMENT , ECONOMICS , ENVIRONMENTS , FEASIBILITY STUDIES , GLOBAL , INDONESIA , LAW ENFORCEMENT , MODELS , MODIFICATION , PROPELLERS , REGIONS , SIMULATION , SOLUTIONS(GENERAL) , SYSTEMS APPROACH , THESES , THREATS , VIABILITY


Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Unconventional Warfare
      Countermeasures


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE