Golden age of piracy
As I understand it, modern day pirates usually make the big money through ransoms, so actually getting away with high value loot is a bit of a throwback.
Clever pirates have hacked into a shipping company to determine the location of valuable cargo before hijacking vessels in targeted attacks. The criminals popped the unnamed company's in-house content management system, using that access to determine which containers have the most valuable cargo. This made its hijacks faster …
Given the way container ships are stacked then it must be very unlikely that the one they want is accessible without using massive dockside gantry cranes to unload the rest first.
Containers are stacked but the doors are typically accessible wherever the containers are located. You just can't extract any large objects since there's not much room for maneuvering. Then again the pirates in speed boats or whatever they're using are not fit to transfer large stuff anyway.
Also, if the pirates have knowledge of all the containers (which may number several thousands) they can just select the containers based on ease of access.
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