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Thales has unveiled new service solution Pastor, which is designed to protect vessels against piracy at the on-going Euronaval 2014 exhibition.

Developed mainly for the shipping industry, the new service solution is based on a combination of early warning, prevention and deterrence systems.

With its detection and identification functions, the Pastor system will offer early warnings about piracy threats, which will help shipping companies to eliminate additional costs of route changes, late deliveries, thefts of cargo, large onboard vessel protection teams and higher insurance premiums.

Thales services for the secure communication and information systems business vice-president Gérard Herby said: "Pastor is specially designed to detect and identify the small, fast craft typically used by pirates while they are still a long way off, allowing to rapidly implement the most appropriate response measures.

"Pastor is specially designed to detect and identify the small, fast craft typically used by pirates while they are still a long way off." 

"Pastor supports the continued growth and development of the shipping industry by improving crew safety and reducing the costs associated with piracy."

Equipped with the data management software, the system will be able to automatically provide alerts and deliver the accurate information to authorities about an attack.

The powerful searchlight on Pastor will prevent attackers while the automated digital radio system will help the vessel to identify another vessel in the surrounding area.

With the data collected by various radar, optronic and identification systems in the area, it will be able to develop a dynamic map of the threat situation.

The solution will be delivered as a service contract with quick installation and removal of self-contained vessel protection kits developed according to the route plans, system maintenance and user training of the shipping companies.


Image: The Pastor solution offers enhanced protection for crew, reduced risk of kidnapping and ransom situations and lower costs associated with piracy. Photo: courtesy of Thales.