Guards here to stay

SAMI CEO speaking at SMM in Hamburg. 

Guards here to stay

Private security personnel are “here to stay” in the fight against increasing levels of crime at sea, according to industry representative Peter Cook.

Speaking at the Maritime Security & Defence conference at SMM in Hamburg on Wednesday, Cook said criminals were increasingly proactive, ubiquitous and adaptable at a time of shrinking naval capabilities.

The CEO of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) also pointed to growing sea trade and the increase of flags of convenience as reasons for an increasing threat.

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