Thursday, December 4, 2008
San Antonio client to provide security against Somali pirates
Espada Logistics and Security Group
expands its maritime security operations to Gulf of Aden
SAN ANTONIO – Espada Logistics and Security Group, a privately held company, announced today that it has expanded its base of operation from South America to the Gulf of Aden by providing onsite security and consulting services to the maritime industry.
“Despite the increase in military patrols from NATO, Russia and the Indian Navy, Somali pirates have increased their attacks against the ships that transit this region,” Jim Jorrie, the president of Espada Logistics and Security Group, said.
“This was a natural fit for us as we already had a large roster of ex-Special Forces personnel with anti-piracy and anti-insurgent operations experience,” Jorrie added. “Our desire is avoid a conflict in the first place, but if necessary our highly trained and experienced team members can quickly and successfully defend a customer’s assets from a pirate attack.”
Espada Logistics and Security Group has provided similar security services in South America for the past five years, protecting oil and gas exploration teams from FARC and ELN insurgent fighters. The company originally hired former American and Columbian military Special Forces personnel to provide security as well as logistical support services in the southern hemisphere.
“Like our work in South America, our security teams for the Horn of Africa have access to a vast information network that allows them to get the latest intelligence and threat assessments for our maritime customers,” Jorrie said.
About Espada Marine Services (EMS): Espada Marine Services (EMS), a division of Espada Logistics and Security Group LLC www.espadaservices.com , provides a comprehensive suite of security services for the merchant marine and offshore industries. EMS team members understand the international laws and the strict rules of engagement (ROE) to deter conflicts at sea. EMS’s highly trained and experienced team members can quickly and successfully defend our customer’s assets from a pirate attack. However, EMS team members primarily focus on ways to discourage pirate assaults so our clients can travel around the Horn of Africa and through the Gulf of Aden