We are often to be found in an anchorage taking photographs of super yachts. We sellthem to magazines Web sites and companies who want to use them. We like to think that we are sensitive when it comes to shooting an image and we never take pictures of owners and guests without their permission.
Professional Paparazzi are another matter and several Captains have complained of how they can harass a yacht when she is carrying celebrities.
It is a problem that Paul Kerr a former Royal Marine may have solved with his new camera jamming device called CamJam. It temporarily impairs the vision of the paparazzi and keeps them out of their camera range without causing physical injury while doing so.
Kerr set up Photonic Security Systems creating a team of professionals who work closely with super yacht owners and shipping companies to protect them, their crew and assets through nonlethal professional nautical security solutions.
Kerr discovered that for high profile super yacht guests it is not the flash of cordite that worries them instead it is the camera flash that infringes their security.
He had already developed the SMU-100 system, which was proving effective in keeping pirates at bay off the African coast. It emits a dazzling wall of light and allows security teams or crew using it to harmlessly engage potential inbound threats at a distance and to interrogate them.
Using the SMU-100 and developing it further for use on super yachts Kerr has now brought CamJam to market. Resembling a rifle, the laser can dazzle and incapacitate still and movie cameras up to 1 kilometre away with a wall of light up to three metres squared.
It costs £32,000 and has an infrared scope to spot infiltrators in poor visibility. Looking at the intense beam causes a short-lived effect similar to staring at the sun, forcing the target to turn away.