All international ships are at risk of attack by terrorists off Yemen and not just British flagged vessels.
Maritime security company Gulf of Aden Group Transits (GoAGT) issued today a warning to all international vessels to be aware of suspicious traffic.
The warning came after the UK Government issued the highest possible security alert yesterday for British shipping operating off the coast of Yemen amid continuing threat of a terrorist attack from an al-Qaeda offshoot in the region.
The Department for Transport also raised the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) threat for British shipping to level 3, which is judged “exceptional”.
This indicates that credible information suggests that a security threat is “probable or imminent.”
Security experts said that the move was unprecedented since the ISPS code was introduced in 2004.
GoAGT CAN PROVIDE IMMEDIATE COMMENT ON THE CURRENT MARITIME ALERT AND PROVIDE INTERVIEWEES FOR RADIO AND TELEVISION.
GoAGT Ltd. (Gulf of Aden Group Transits Ltd.) has been in continuous operation since 2008 and has achieved an enviable 100% success rate on over 1600 Armed Security Transits throughout the Indian Ocean. Annually GoAGT provides over 50, 000 man days of protection at sea and since commencing operations we have protected in excess of 38, 000 seafarers.
GoAGT now employs over 300 personnel and at any one time between 160- 180 security personnel are deployed. GoAGT recruits from the UK Royal Marines, Parachute and other Army regiments with front line experience, as well as the Irish Navy, Estonian Army and Filipino Marines.
For further information please visit http://goagt.org/