A World of Risk
John Fulweiler, PortGard
There is a tremendous amount of hoopla about how the world is now a global economy. While that statement is undeniably true, the problem is that the world is still a very big place. Finding a reliable vendor that can deploy and perform in some far-flung locale remains a challenge.
What PortGard brings to the table is a historical lineage of contacts around the globe. Long before the internet, maritime transportation was a bridge between foreign lands and PortGard’s maritime heritage puts these historical routes to good use. PortGard is simply able to deliver a quality product anywhere in the world whether it is providing harbor barrier maintenance, executive protection, ship escorts, port security assessments, personnel investigations or tactical training. Anywhere, anytime.
For the concerned vessel owner, PortGard’s vessel escort service and its ability to deploy this service globally within hours is a unique product. The Cole-style attack is not a one-off. Historically such attacks have proven effective and its remains a cheap and relatively easy way to capitalize on the vulnerability of a ship’s hull. Vessel owners have few options in treating this risk, and aside from keeping to the deep oceans, a vessel escort is often the best mechanism for meeting this potential exposure.
Wherever a ship escort may take place, a prudent vessel owner should consider carefully who it retains to provide this service. An effective ship escort is a presence which is neither invasive to the nearby boating community nor overly innocuous. The small boat handling skills, the tactical training and the coordination associated with an effective vessel escort are not easily learned. For the unfortunate vessel owner, a poorly executed ship escort is worthless and may actually pose the potential for claims in the event of improper interaction between the escort and neighboring vessels.
A vessel owner today faces a world of risk. Contracting with a known and trusted maritime security vendor can help shrink the size of the risk into more manageable portions.