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Chandler's Ford firm making waves in fight against pirates
8:00am Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Eastleigh
A CHANDLER’S Ford firm is making waves in the fight against pirates.
Dasic Marine Ltd is the producer of Nemesis 5000, a water canon which acts as an anti-piracy boarding deterrent system.
The Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC), which has employed the system across its fleet, has now been awarded the top prize in a state-run competition thanks to Dasic’s water cannon.
The unmanned system produces a constantly moving curtain of high pressure water jets around a vessel to stop pirates boarding it.
KOTC engineer and team leader, Nawaf Al-Shatti, said: “This device reduces piracy operations and its risks. This project saves time, effort and fuel where KOTC’s vessels used to, in recent times with the escalation of piracy, use the Cape of Good Hope, which used to take 31 days, but now they use the Suez Canal, which takes about 18 days to cover the same distance.”
Dasic Marine, which employs 18 staff at their site in Chandler’s Ford, began the anti-piracy collaboration with KOTC in January 2010. Following a successful sea trial of the Nemesis 5000 on board the Al Salheia, the cannon was quickly rolled out to ships across the fleet.