A profitable situation – for both sides?

The February 2010 issue of SEAPOWER magazine in its section entitled “Intercepts” (p. 10) contains the following comment by Jan Fritz Hansen, Vice President of the Danish Shipowners’ Association:

“The waters east of Africa are a grey zone because developing countries don’t have resources to fight pirates. It’s a temporary solution that a shipper has hired a warship from another country, but there’s no alternative.”

The comment by the TDC (Maritime) analyst (cited in my 25 January post) that the dissatisfaction expressed last week by the Hong Kong Shipowners’ Association with the current anti-piracy effort “will resonate across the shipping industry” appears to have at least one other supporting voice.

However, the notion that naval forces are ‘for hire’ raises an entirely new dimension to the question of how to provide marine security in danger zones.