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.


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