REPEL ALL BOARDERS!
All these pirate attacks off the African coast get my goat for some reason. The shippers apparently don't want to secure their vessels because they think it might just incite more violence. While there might be some truth to that, we probably need violence to deal with the problem.
Think if some of these companies just hired some of the Blackwater guys to guard their ship. It wouldn't take many. Give them a couple heavy guns, maybe 50 caliber, or even even bigger Vulcan chain guns. The pirates approach the ship, they get blown out of the water. Easy enough, but obviously easier said than done.
And no picking up survivors of the just sunk pirate ships, either. If they don't get killed in the initial sinking, let them float around out in the ocean until they drown. If some other pirate boat picks them up, so be it. Then the message of what awaits them if they continue pirating gets around.
Looks like the shipping companies aren't up to that, damned sissies, so how about this idea: Form convoys. You could put together convoys, just like we did back in World War Two.
Have ships that are heading generally along the same route meet up and travel together. Then, even if the convoy spanned a couple miles, it still wouldn't take more than a couple naval vessels or aircraft to guard them all the way to the Suez Canal.
I realize it wouldn't completely solve the problem, but at least the larger groups of ships could travel safely.
I'm sure the powers- that- be will get right on it.