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Private Fleet Gains Funding For Anti-Piracy and Sea-Lane Protection Missions

Marque Star : 26 March, 2010  (Company News)
Marque Star and Espada are able to provide maritime escort services and patrols using the companies’ fleet as well as UAV Surveillance systems for the protection of private shipping lanes
US-based companies Marque Star and Espada hit their stride with the acquisition of a flotilla of vessels, early industry customer adoption and private sector investor support to tackle complex global maritime security and logistics issues. Mangamaire is to provide funding for Marque Star and Espada Marine Services. The companies provide complementary services that tackle complex global maritime security and logistics issues. This joint venture will provide the organizations with the ability to quickly bring on additional marine equipment for the purpose of engaging in a host of anti-piracy and free international sea lane missions for the international maritime community.

“Marque Star and Espada will provide the most advanced private security service available. Our services will cover the range of maritime client needs such as logistics, oil platform support, and merit salvage,” says Greg Stenstrom, Director of Marque Star. While billion dollar sovereign warships have been actively patrolling the danger zones of the world oceans, piracy continues to escalate, and the private maritime industry is seeking customized services to protect their assets at their own expense and not that of tax payers. Espada will be leading the charge in anti-piracy escort services with the acquisition of additional armed fast escort vessels charged with direct protection of client vessels. Marque Star will fill the existing voids in blue water sea lane and fisheries protection, military sealift and offshore aviation support, and diving, salvage and underwater mining. Together, Marque Star and Espada create a synergy in the private maritime protection and logistics industry that has been lacking previously.

As anti-piracy and maritime logistical needs continue to evolve, Marque Star and Espada aim to fill the gaps in piracy protection created by the overextension of international navies. “Through Marque Star and Espada, we are assembling a world class team of executives from the private security, US military, private sector and government agencies to provide a credible business sector driven alternative to the standard approach of maritime security,” said Stenstrom.

Espada Marine Services Armed Fast Escort Vessels

Espada provides an escort vessel to any ship underway in the Gulf of Aden or northwest Indian Ocean, operating from Mombasa to the Red Sea. Their armed fleet of 22-meter and 33-meter fast escort vessels stand ready to escort with a range in excess of 2,100 nautical miles. Espada’s vessels are not limited to near-shore routes. The IRTC or other custom routes present no problem.

Marque Star Blue Water Sea-Lane Protection

Marque Star is building toward a future of private sea lane protection and supply chain support. A variation of the convoy protection concept is sea lane protection. Sea lane protection and running (moving) anti-piracy safe-zones are effective when they are properly implemented and fully committed to. Range between ships is a function of the amount of area that can be surveyed by Marque Star UAVs and response time of the fast boats. The approximate effective range of influence to actually intercept a hostile vessel is 50nm, which would permit a distance between Marque Star “mother ships” of 100nm. As an example, in practical application the sphere of Somali pirate influence on the east coast of Africa is approximately 2,000 nm and another 500 nm in the Gulf of Aden. To effectively sustain Sea Lane protection, twenty three (23) to twenty five (25) ships, and accompanying fast boats and UAVs would be required. “A moving perimeter is much preferred to a call for help,' says Agbeli Ameko, Marque Star VP of International Business Development who emphasizes that its operations focus on meeting a threat on the horizon with clear rules of engagement to mitigate risks.

Marque Star Blue Water Logistical Support Services

The scope of protection and security covers moving assets (ships), fixed assets (oil platforms), and physical property (islands, shorelines, underwater oil fields, fisheries, etc.), and maritime supply chain management support.
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