Typhon is Not a Private Navy

By John A C Cartner, Special to Piracy Daily Navy sounds sexy. Private navy sounds ultra-sexy. Typhon says it has one. Typhon does not. A private vessel acting in a naval capacity must have a letter of marque issued to the vessel by a sovereign to permit the vessel to be armed and thus to act in a naval capacity. Typhon vessels neither carry letters nor are they armed as … [Read more...]

Typhon’s Private Navy: A Game-Changer or a New Maritime Counter-Piracy Maginot Line?

By Martin Edwin Andersen The announcement earlier this month that a British company, Typhon, is creating a private navy to protect commercial clients from piracy off the Horn of Africa and beyond caused a small sensation in much of the world's media. One of the entrepreneurs involved, Anthony Sharp, bravely claimed to The Telegraph that the effort, using real or-hoped-for … [Read more...]

Millionaire’s Private Navy Ready to Take on Somali Pirates

A new British private navy will soon begin plying the Indian Ocean to help support the fight against Somali pirates. The UK's Sunday Times reported yesterday that the new navy, founded by companies led by the commodity giant Glencore International Plc (GLEN), will protect its first convoy of oil tankers and bulk carriers from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean in late March … [Read more...]