An interesting look at the human element side of the saga of Stena Impero, boarded and seized in the Straits of Hormuz.
An alert anchor watch is critical in areas where boardings by pirates, terrorists or the common thief might be expected. Where are these places? Unfortunately, this is almost anywhere in the world these days. Some areas we might want to pay more attention to include those areas highlighted in security alerts, where economic conditions make theft an attractive option or areas of ideological (religious, cultural, economic) conflict.
Twenty-nine years ago in the Persian Gulf, a U.S.-flagged supertanker came under attack by Silkworm missiles launched from Iranian territory. The $2-million in damage included shattered bridge windows. Those shattered bridge windows blinded both Capt. John Hunt, master of the vessel and lookout Victorino Gonzaga.