There is apparently a positive outlook in the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and other hot spots across the globe, as reports confirmed relative peace being enjoyed in some maritime crime prone routes. The Gulf of Guinea, South East Asia and The Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) have all experienced significant reductions in reported maritime crimes throughout July, August and September this year. However, the improving situation in some areas balanced against some serious cause for concern in others.

Earlier this year the UN Security Council said: “The absence of an effective maritime governance system, in particular, hampers freedom of movement in the region, disrupts trade and economic growth, and facilitates environmental crimes.” In general, seafarers continue to trade and transit in some dangerous waters. Up-to-date 81 people have been kidnapped, seven have been killed and 61 remain in captivity, while the continuing humanitarian crisis of Mediterranean migration puts other pressures on the shipping industry and its seafarers.

Together with Patriot, its Greek ship security partner, Odessa Crewing Agency (OCA) recruits highly qualified Maritime Security Officers, who operate in international teams. Through Patriot’s OPS Center all incoming communication is analyzed, and leads, together with Intel information from UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), NATO Shipping Centre (NSC), and US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), to risk-analysis of any piracy activity.

OCA is a hub in recruiting Maritime Security Officers, while Patriot OPS Center coordinates the transits of various Maritime Security Companies.

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