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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Boost security, small boat crews told

Boost security, small boat crews told
Small boats which are often easy targets for pirates should upgrade their security features on board and not only depend on the authorities to handle such situations. 

Royal Malaysian Navy Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Strategy and Operations, First Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin, said captains and crew members of small boats should adhere to security procedures when they were in sensitive areas along the Straits of Malacca.  

These boats are easy targets because of their slow speed level and their low freeboard levels, making it easier for pirates to climb onto the boats. 

“Boat users should be alert especially during the night. Take appropriate measures to upgrade security, employ a qualified crew to handle boats and ensure that your communication system is operational.” 

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