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Guard teams will be rivaled by commercial convoy fleet

While armed guards have had successes both in terms of business growth and against pirates, there has long been a push towards vessels escorting. The two major players have been from a company called, Typhon and JLT’s “Convoy Escort Programme”. Now Typhon, after claiming to have secured funding in Asia has stated that will start trading by mid November.
This is actually a month later than originally planned. Even a month late will still push the Typhon scheme ahead of its rival. According to Typhon’s their escort programme will deploy three feeder containerships converted to offer transocean escort convoys. The vessels can deploy armed guards direct to the client, each able to hold four patrol vessels and a helicopter. Each vessel will deploy 20 crew and 40 security personnel. They will also provide drone coverage.
Both projects have suffered funding setbacks and a degree of skepticism, not helped by the problems raising funding.

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