Defenseless Oil Tanker Maran Centaurus carrying 275,000 metric tons of crude oil has been captured by pirates. Why was it defenseless? Roger Middleton, a London-based piracy expert said:
"You're sitting on a huge ship filled with flammable liquid. You don't want somebody with a gun on top of that"I guess Roger Middleton would rather have a group of pirates with guns & rocket propelled grenades be free to do whatever they wish with the oil, the oil tanker, and the 28 helpless crew members on board. I say it would be far better to answer the pirate attack with return fire, that is the only way to protect the crew and the volatile cargo. Bullets speak louder than the empty words of "please don't attack our ship, we're defenseless and flammable." The crew members of the Maersk Alabama and the MSC Melody probably agree.