Just heard a podcast that talks of multiple technical solutions to the piracy problem in Somalian wasters. To share with the wider world …
1. Have electrified fences, that can be turned on when needed, so that pirates cannot board the ship.
2. Retro-fit high-pressure water jets on board the ships that can “blow” away the pirates
3. Install electronic devices that emit high-pitch sounds that will force the pirates to flee from the area
4. Deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to keep a check on the area through which the ship needs to pass. Get the data transmitted through satellite, rather than a ground station.
I would expect that the Insurance companies in this business must be already looking at one or more of the above options, and maybe even more.