PVI ASSIST EUNAVFOR
PVI IS TO ASSIST EUNAVFOR IN THE PROSECUTION OF SUSPECTED PIRATES
On the 5th April, A PVI security team prevented an attack on the ‘Pacific Opal’. During the exchange PVI recorded video evidence of the incident and 24 hours after the Pirate Action Group (PAG) left the area, a PAG matching the same description was intercepted and arrested of suspected piracy by the Finnish warship Pohjanmaa, part of the EUNAVFOR.
On the 7th April, the ‘Pacific Opal’ received a direct request for assistance from MSCHOA ‘to establish whether there is sufficient evidence to link the pirates captured by the Finnish warship Pohjanmaa on 6th April to the attack to the Pacific Opal on the 5 April 2011.’ PVI plans to submit statements, hand over the video evidence and, given appropriate anonymity, be prepared to appear in court to testify in any subsequent court case.
Dom Mee, the founder and Operations Director from Protection Vessels International said:
“Here is an excellent example of a private security company working in close cooperation with EUNAVFOR. PVI is very happy to provide witness statements and court appearances if necessary in order to assist due process in the prosecution of piracy. That a PVI team deterred an attack, with no loss of life or of the vessel and managed to obtain video evidence is proof of the high calibre of individual that we employ. Once again PVI’s tried and tested tactics of the minimal use of force, safe guarded its master, crew, the vessel and its contents. This incident and subsequent after action, clearly demonstrates the professionalism with which PVI continues to deliver its service.”
“PVI operates in a challenging environment, providing a high quality response to a clear and present threat to global trade. It stands ready to assist all state actors in the successful prosecution of pirates.”
About Protection Vessels International:
PVI is a maritime security company, specialising in the provision of embarked security teams and escort vessels for merchant shipping transiting high risk areas of the world’s oceans.
The leading provider within the sector, it consults and advises on all aspects of maritime security, with the provision of patrol boats to escort shipping, security teams aboard vessels and training for ship’s crews to deal with various security situations. Through deterrence and prevention, PVI is capable of providing robust physical defence for vessels as and where required.
The company was founded by Dom Mee, a former Royal Marine, in 2008 and is based in Tiverton, Devon and Hatfield, Hertfordshire.
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