Indian Coast Guard detained US private security ship Seaman Guard Ohio
Indian Coast Guard ship detained an US private security ship Seaman Guard Ohio some 15 nautical miles off Tuticorin on Oct 12 13, reported Indian media. Coast Guard received an information about Seaman Guard Ohio carrying arms and security guards, and sent Coast Guard ship, which detained Seaman Guard Ohio and escorted her to Tuticorin port. Well, as expected, they found arms on board. What else could they find on board of security vessel, humanitarian aid and a bunch of priests? Indian authorities said "A multi-agency joint investigation was undertaken at Tuticorin. The authorisation for carrying arms on board is yet to be verified." Police is up to its’ neck investigating possible arms trafficking. Indian authorities are very busy and seem to be very happy.
India is demonstrating its’ hostile attitude towards private security once again. Private security won’t become as effective as it can be until recognized legal globally, under some special international convention. Such a convention can become the real “forth pillar” of the shipping, not that MLC 2006 profanation. MLC 2006 is not only a profanation, though, and that’s the irony of it. MLC 2006 will inevitably deteriorate shipping safety, because it paves the way for maritime labor from third world countries, forcing out from labor market high quality, but more expensive, cadres.
Seaman Guard Ohio 10-crew comprises two Ukrainians and eight Indians. There are 25 security guards on board, 14 Estonians, 6 British nationals, 4 Indians and 1 Ukrainian.
Security ship Seaman Guard Ohio, IMO 8410691, 394 gt, built 1974, flag Sierra Leone, owner SEAMAN GUARD INC, USA.