Marine & Auto Security Solutions (MASS) has raised £100,000 on Crowdcube to market its anti-piracy invention internationally. Guardian is a device which slots over a ship’s guard rails and makes it impossible for grappling hooks, ladders and all manner of piracy paraphernalia to get a grasp of the ship; thus thwarting the would-be raiders’ attempts to board.
‘It is far safer, cheaper and more effective than the razor wire, water jets and armed guards currently used by ship owners,’ says inventor Teresa Stevens.
‘We’ve been inundated with enquiries and even someone trying to rip off our idea.’
Solving a problem that costs the global shipping industry an estimated $6bn a year is a noble feat indeed. Hopefully with the money raised, it’ll be a case of ‘all hands on deck’ to take the product global.