Danger Room: Pirate-Fighting Mercs Arrested in Africa for Carrying Guns

30.09.11

Categorie: Africa, David Axe, Mercenaries, Naval, Piracy, Somalia |
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Ship guard. Via Lockforce.

Ship guard. Via Lockforce.

by DAVID AXE

In two years of operations, a Virginia-based maritime security company has escorted commercial vessels through pirate-infested East African waters 300 times without incident. Nexus Consulting Group of Alexandria’s impressive record is the latest evidence of a surprising turn in the five-year-old international war on Somali pirates. More and more, for-profit security guards are taking over from the world’s navies on the maritime front lines.

But as it grows its protection business, Nexus — “the world’s leading provider of private maritime security solutions,” according to a company press release — might want to heed the hard lessons learned by one of its rivals. As it turns out, the ship-protection biz is rife with risk, of the diplomatic and AK-47-wielding variety. Carrying guns aboard commercial ships has the potential to cause all kinds of legal problems.

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One Response to “Danger Room: Pirate-Fighting Mercs Arrested in Africa for Carrying Guns”

  1. John A says:

    “Carrying guns aboard commercial ships has the potential to cause all kinds of legal problems.”

    Indeed, I have been pointing out for some time that if you enter say, Boston MA and the local port or other LEOs find a firearm the whole crew may be arrested and the ship seized.

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