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News number: 9107118444

15:19 | 2012-11-11

Economy

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Iran Wins Gold Medal in Taiwan Exhibition for Anti-Piracy Initiative

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) won the gold medal in Taiwan's international exhibition for producing a security fence for trade vessels to prevent pirate attacks.



Deputy Head of the IRISL for Technical Affairs Qassem Nabipour said that Iranian experts and technicians have invented and manufactured a home-made high-voltage security fence to keep pirates away from trade vessels, adding that the device won much admiration as well as a gold medal in the Taiwan Exhibition of Innovation and Invention.

"The system can be mounted onto vessels of all sizes and weights, including oceangoing ships, and is safe for the crew and ship equipments and protects the ship and its crew from pirate attacks," Nabipour said, adding that the electric shock generated by the device is not lethal even for invading pirates and just repels their attack.

The official added that the Iranian device is much cheaper than its foreign rivals and the IRISL has already mounted the device onto a number of its vessels.

The Iranian Navy is conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.