Looks like there's a few people sweating in a cell tonight!!!
Navy arrests merchant vessel with arms – The Nation
Ahhh - nothing like a jail cell in Nigeria mate.
The fresh air ... the sunshine ... the pleasant company :-)
They only had 14 AK-47's, plus a couple of dozen other rifles. Not enough to be a real weapons shipment. It looks more like this Russian security company (the Moran Group, Moscow) was planning on conducting their own security services - of some kind.
Has anyone heard of them??
you can read about the Moran Group right here ...
Moran Security Group - About Us
They have a nice Web page. It appears to say that they have extensive maritime experience, as well as a knowledge of complex international dealings.
I guess their knowledge is not quite "extensive" enough to get them, plus 3 dozen rifles, past the harbor patrol in Lagos.
We operate within the following legislative environment:
•UN Security Council Resolution No. 1816;
•UN Security Council Resolution No. 1838;
•UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Article 105);
•UN Charter (Article 51);
•The Code of Conduct for International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement;
•UN Mine Action Standard;
•The laws and regulations of the host country.
Although in this case the last point seems to have been missed.
Last edited by saward; 23-10-2012 at 09:15.
in reality - it's hard to know what was actually going on.
Based on their Web page - the Moran Group has a lot of clout going with them. They look to be well connected - this is not a fledgling organization. They know the score.
A shipment of three dozen weapons does not make any sense - unless perhaps it is an advance delivery for a bigger purchase. Or as I said earlier ... it was destined for a specific job they were doing. Also, it you read the article, this was not the first time that the Russian boat was in port. Hence, the Russian security crew already made an assessment and (thought) they knew how things worked. This might lead to the conclusion that someone tipped off the port authorities in Lagos about this activity. That would be my speculation :-)
We have run into this company over ,and over the past three years. Anyone notice something, funny about the name?
There is something very interesting to me on their web site.
In Gallery section/Our fleet there is Anchor I,photo from Muscat port....This shows me who might be behind this company..If i'm right then that person is a wanker...An of course i might be wrong.....
But the Moron Group is part of the wondeful SAMI!! How anybody could question their professionalism is beyond me??
Far from everything in this story has been reported... for a start - guys not arrested, the VESSEL is arrested in port... same as would happen in any port state control if they found something wrong or missing...
Actually Moran does not have a bad rep, they stick to themselves, have their own resources (more than most other PMSC's), service their specific client group and keep a low profile.
Well connected owner that seems to know the ropes...
Dont think they are too worried about this one..