Anti Piracy & Counter UAS

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Superyacht Security services are aimed at people who work in various fields

To many, the term ‘pirates’ may evoke images of galleons and treasure, but for both commercial sailors and superyacht owner’s piracy, this word is linked to a serious threat.

In a world where warm weather is usually considered better, the yachting scene heads to warmer climates throughout the winter months. Typically, those popular winter charter destinations include countries in the Middle East, like Bahrain, Oman, Dubai, or Abu Dhabi for a famous F1 Race. However, there are also destinations within Indian Ocean regions, including Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives. Even with the presence of Naval Forces in the Indian Ocean, the threat posed by the Somali pirates has not been completely eliminated. To many, the term ‘pirates’ may evoke images of galleons and treasure, but for both commercial sailors and superyacht owner’s piracy, this word is linked to a serious threat.

Vessels in international waters are continuing their fight against pirates as recent changes lend reason for concern. What was thought to be a decade-long decline in piracy incidents ended in 2020 when there were 33 more recorded piracy attacks than the previous year, and sadly 2021 isn’t showing more promising results. The International Chamber of Commerce Global Piracy Reporting Center reported 33 vessels being boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels being fired upon, and one being hijacked in just the first three months of 2021. To make matters worse, there is a significant increase in kidnapped crew, and one hostage has even been killed this year.

Currently, incidents of piracy are shifting in nature and location. The Gulf of Guinea continues to display exceptionally high piracy risks, with records showing pirates in this area as being capable of traveling the furthest for shore for choreographed attacks. Although a reduction in attacks has been noted for the Gulf of Aden and Indonesia, these areas still require caution. The Americas and Singapore straits are also experiencing an increase in piracy. This seemingly global increase is thought to be the result of pandemic-related poverty and hardships. As COVID-19 continues to ravage equipped countries, piracy rates are expected to continue their increase.

While many acts of piracy seem to focus on shipping vessels with valuable cargo, the recent increase in hostage-taking suggests concern for all vessels, especially those with high-value individuals onboard. This includes cruises and yachts of all sizes. The Indian Ocean is a popular location for leisurely travel, and historically it was considered a higher risk area. In recent years reported piracy rates have dropped, and the Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles were removed from the UK Maritime Trade Operations high-risk area list.

A similar reduction was noted in the Mediterranean Sea, but this does not mean those areas are completely safe. Piracy is still a serious threat to passengers and crew. It only takes one hijacking for many people to be harmed, kidnapped, or worse.

How to pirate-proof your superyacht?

These events are concerning, but they should not be allowed to ruin your yacht’s ability to travel freely, that is why Xtreme Security are here to help. Xtreme Security is a specialist Superyacht security provider that takes pride in delivering anti-piracy services and has been doing so since 2011.

Xtreme Security employ individuals with an extensive Maritime background, who have experience in providing anti-piracy service onboard Super Yachts, in an effort to provide the best possible service. Their team is capable of ultimately mitigating the risk involved in traversing high-risk areas such as the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. To ensure your safe passage through the critical area of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, they can provide you with an armed escort with ex-Royal Marine Commando operatives and the best possible equipment.

Their Superyacht Security services are aimed at people who work in various fields, including yacht charter agencies, travel agencies, yacht owners, celebrities on board yacht, athletic professionals, politicians or simply those who need to feel safer onboard their Super Yacht.

If you or your clientele fit these descriptions, then it is time for you to consider hiring security professionals for your next voyage.

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Drones against privacy!

The commercial drone industry is expected to surpass $1 billion in annual sales in 2019. Although these gadgets have a wide range of beneficial applications, they also pose a growing threat to superyacht owners and the privacy of their guests.

This was demonstrated by the case of seven guests aboard a superyacht moored in Porto Colom, Mallorca, in June 2017 who were filmed by a drone as they sunbathed naked on the deck of their yacht.

When it comes to buying commercial drones, there are many people at organizations with various ideas of how to use them and employ them in business, but there are also people who do not want drones to interfere with their businesses and their privacy.

In addition to violating a yacht owner’s personal privacy, there also is the possibility that drones could be used by criminals to gain a bird’s eye view of a vessel and highlight its vulnerabilities.

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When it comes to protecting privacy, the needs are great from a very diverse group of organizations, as well as individuals.Private events with high entertainment value or controversy are prime opportunities for outsiders to spy, harass, harm, or illegally record using drones. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is controlled from a distance, and that’s why physical protection and standard security measures are not enough to keep them in check. Drones can capture a birds-eye view of large-scale exhibitions. They can freely infiltrate gated environments and avoid capture by security on the ground. This makes these consumer aircrafts ideal tools for unlicensed recording and transmission of event footage.

Xtreme Security company are able to provide you anti-UAV devices to monitor all dimensions of an event space, on the ground or on the yacht. Their Anti-UAV solutions offers temporary installments for special events, – or as a permanent installation in cooperation with the producer MyDefence from Denmark,to provide each and every yacht with an anti-drone protection plan that really works.

For more information check XTREME SECURITY website or contact them;

info@xtremesecurity.eu

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