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Swedish shipper deploys armed guards against pirates

Reuters at Defense Web  July 4, 2011

Swedish car shipper Wallenius Lines said it had deployed guards with rifles on its vessels to ward off Somali pirates, the first Swedish-flagged shipper to state publicly it had armed personnel on board.

Somali pirates are making millions of dollars in ransoms from seizing ships in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, despite attempts by international navies to clamp down on such attacks.

Shippers transiting these waters are increasingly warming to the idea of turning to private security suppliers to combat the threat, but have been tight-lipped about details, Reuters reports.

“Because violence has escalated from the pirates’ side we feel we need to take further steps, as best we can, not to be attacked. We have therefore hired companies that deploy experienced staff to handle weapons, to protect our sailors,” said Peter Jodin, head of maritime safety at Wallenius.

He said privately held Wallenius, which transports cars and trucks worldwide, said the arms consisted of assault rifles and sniper rifles.

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July 4, 2011 - Posted by | Africa, Civilian Contractors, Pirates, Private Security Contractor | , , ,

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