US firm markets commando solution to piracy threat

VessEx claims ship defence cannot be left to untrained crew.
The issue of piracy has gained added international attention after the recent Maersk Alabama incident. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.
The issue of piracy has gained added international attention after the recent Maersk Alabama incident. Courtesy of AFP/Getty.

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US-based Vessel Extractions LLC (VessEx) has just launched a bullish new solution to the maritime threat off Somalia: the presence of protection teams on board ships travelling on high-risk routes.

"The defense of a ship under armed attack cannot be left to an untrained, unarmed civilian crew,” said Capt. Max Hardberger, VessEx's operations director.

“Our highly skilled and well-equipped teams offer effective and cost-efficient protection for ships going in harm's way," Hardberger added.

The solution, named Shiprotek, involves placing a team of ex-Special Forces personnel on board a vessel anywhere in the world, which will then escort through troubled areas. During the voyage, the team assesses the ship’s security situation, trains the crew in anti-piracy techniques and implements procedures to minimise risk.
 

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