Wednesday, October 19, 2011

British Ex-Marines Fighting Pirates off Africa Coast

A recent news report states that a large contingent of former British Marines are now being used as shipboard security guards on ships that transit the East Africa coast. The world shipping industry has suffered huge losses to Somali pirates preying on unguarded vessels. The ships are seized and then the crew, cargo, and ship are held for ransom. They are employed by a firm called Protection Vessels International Ltd. Read more in "Ex-Marines Fighting Pirates Off Africa as World Shipping Lanes Attacked", Bloomberg, October 18, 2011. Learn more about piracy and maritime security firms.

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