Introduction

We live in a global society which is supported by a global economy – and that economy simply could not function if it were not for ships and the shipping industry.

Shipping is perhaps the most international of all the world's great industries and one of the most dangerous.

It is generally accepted that more than 90 per cent of global trade is carried by sea. Throughout the last century the shipping industry has seen a general trend of increases in total trade volume. Increasing industrialization and the liberalization of national economies have fuelled free trade and a growing demand for consumer products. Advances in technology have also made shipping an increasingly efficient and swift method of transport. 

But this increasing globalisation has also seen an alarming rise in international crime and piracy with unprededented numbers of ships pirated during the years 2009-2011.

Private Maritime Security Companies

PMSC's were a new concept for most shipping companies until the scourge of piracy began to rapidly increase in 2009.  

They have demonstrated a pioneering ability to provide securty support in a complex legal and operating environment. 

MAST has been at forefront of this work.

An enduring partnership.