Citadel Solutions together with Maersk Training will offer a new anti-piracy course for mariners, starting this September. The course if the first of its kind, and is specifically constructed to train mariners for hostage situations, which have become an increasingly relevant factor for Danish mariners because of the many pirate attacks in recent times. While the focus has previously been assorted physical anti-piracy measures, such as citadels and weapons, the new course will focus on improving the psychological readiness on board the ships.
“The way you behave as a hostage can be very important. Establishing a decent relationship with the pirates, making the pirates views the hostages as people, can change the situation. Mariners who don’t create conflicts are treated better. It’s difficult to maintain positive communication as a hostage, but that’s what we’ll be focusing on. So that one can concentrate on being positive, without showing frustration,” says Daniel Andersen, consultant at Citadel Solutions, to ShippingWatch.