The most effective defence against pirate attack is a measured armed response

The risk of attack and hijacking at sea continues to grow, and pirate activity is now extending beyond its former trouble spots in the Indian Ocean. With no prospect of a political solution in sight, the focus is on the protection of crews and vessels.  Likewise, in many areas of the world, overland logistics are increasingly hazardous and depend on security escorts for protection.  Professional protection is vital to the safety of your personnel and maintaining business continuity, as well as avoiding the human and monetary costs of falling victim to hijacking or theft.

Watchwood is licensed by the UK Government to export and operate firearms in support of our offshore operations. We have been providing Maritime security solutions to the private, corporate and ship chartering companies for many years including the provision of effective anti-piracy solutions in high-risk international shipping lanes.

Watchwood conduct all security operations inline with regulatory and compliance requirements and maintain the highest levels of quality control. We are members of Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and the International Code of Conduct  (ICOC) and have been ISO 9001: 2008 accredited since 2011.

All our personnel are former British forces personnel and are highly trained and operate in accordance to BMP4 and within stringent Standard Operational Procedures (SOP).

Need expert security advice you can trust?

We will be pleased to arrange a confidential consultation anywhere in the world.

Contact Us

Latest News

Independent directors: driving integrity


The board has statutory and general regulatory obligations to exercise their fiduciary and other responsibilities with care, skill and reasonable diligence. Breaches of these duties can result in criminal and civil prosecutions. While independent directors (IDs) have the same legal responsibilities as other directors, by virtue of their non-executive capacity, IDs are arguably under greater … Continued

Read article

Somali pirates hijack first commercial ship since 2012


Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday. “We are determined to rescue the ship and its crew. Our forces have set off to Alula. It is our duty to rescue ships hijacked by pirates and we shall rescue it,” Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, director general … Continued

Read article