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We welcome back a former army man to dish the dirt on the private maritime security business
About six months ago I started to tell you about the realities of the UK maritime security industry, a tale of betrayal, back stabbing, lies, lost friendships, broken marriages and dislocated egos. You can read the first installment by clicking here.
For this final part, I’ll start from the moment I decided to create my own private maritime security company (PMSC).
In retrospect the business was rolling down hill from day one, even though we were doing 60 to 80 transits a month. The mismanagement of the chancing so-and-sos I was employing started straight away.
I have it from the horse’s mouth: “You must have been aware that I was planning on starting my own business whilst working for you.”
I should have had tighter legals in place at the time, but, what with the business growing out of control, it was one element that just got put to one side. The swines were all nobodies, most were the dregs of society, failures in life who pounced on my stupid trusting nature. The question has been asked on more than one occasion, why did you employ them? The answer involves that emotion that you should never mix in business: former army, or close protection mates form my early days cutting around the streets of Najaf and Fallujah, thinking that if you had someone watching your 6 in that environment, then you could trust them with something a bit more complex and with a monetary value.
So after I had ridded myself of these idiots I still needed help with the operations, which were still growing on a daily basis. To cut a long story short, we needed to recover the millions owed and pay the thousands that we owed. It took a gargantuan effort to get some clients to pay up, some still haven't. Luckily, a client with a decent moral code helped and we started to get ... More>>