Guards Are Set 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. Cook said there had been 157 piracy incidents up to 31 August this year, with 10 hijackings in Asia.