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Securitas wins contract for security and stewarding solutions at TRANSEC 2014

The organisers of Transport Security Expo (TRANSEC) 2014 have awarded Securitas the contract to deliver security and stewarding services throughout the event, which takes place at London’s Olympia on 2-3 December.

Securitas has been appointed to oversee the safe build-up and breakdown of the show and to ensure both exhibitors and visitors have a pleasant and trouble-free experience at the popular annual event.

Over 4,500 visitors are expected to attend the two-day show and Securitas personnel will be on hand to welcome them and help with any queries. Security Industry Authority-licensed security officers will also be placed at strategic locations throughout the venue to provide a physical and reassuring presence.

Transport Security Expo 2014 runs at London's Olympia from 2-3 December

Transport Security Expo 2014 runs at London’s Olympia from 2-3 December

Last year, TRANSEC attracted a record-breaking 3,500 visitors from 88 countries. The organisers are upping the ante in 2014 to attract even more visitors by welcoming over 150 exhibitors from across the globe as well as 75 of the world’s leading conference speakers. On top of that there are workshops, live demonstrations and Innovation Hubs.

Securitas’ UK managing director and Country President Brian Riis Nielsen said: “Following our successful security role at IFSEC International 2014, we are once again delighted to have been chosen to safeguard exhibitors and visitors to this year’s Transport Security Expo. As well as providing 24-hour cover throughout the build-up, during the event itself and its breakdown, we’ll be helping to ensure correct Health and Safety procedures are followed and providing overnight stand security to those exhibitors who request such a service.”

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President and UK md at Securitas

Brian Riis Nielsen: Country President and UK md at Securitas

During the exhibition, Securitas experts from the aviation and maritime transport sectors will be on hand on Stand G22 to give advice on the company’s wide range of complete security solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of each.

Monika Luis, event director for Transport Security Expo 2014, added: “We’re delighted to work with a global knowledge leader in security such as Securitas and have its support as an exhibitor at Transport Security Expo 2014. The decision to award Securitas the contract to deliver security and stewarding services to the event was an easy one to make based on the quality and reputation of the company. I’m confident that the 22 country delegations, Government officials and all visitors and exhibitors will be in safe hands throughout the show.”

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SAMI urges “widespread caution” over piracy attacks

With the worrying rise in piracy attacks across the South East Asian region, the global focal point for maritime security matters, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has urged all Company Security Officers (CSOs), Masters and Ship Security Officers (SSOs) to exercise caution when their vessels transit or operate in the area.

According to reports, this current Asian piracy spike is based on a very specific security problem as pirates and criminals have been hijacking vessels to steal oil cargoes. This has led to a rising trend of tankers being hijacked. On that basis, it must be assumed that all such cargoes are at risk in the area.

It’s being stressed the threat doesn’t necessarily end there. While the ongoing threat to tankers in the Malacca Straits, surrounding waters and anchorages is set to continue, the problem could be set to spread.

The message from SAMI is that other vessel types could soon become targets. Thus it’s imperative that steps are taken to ensure that necessary security measures are in place.

‘Smash and Grab’-style criminality

While the current focus is mainly on product tankers, there are concerns that pirates may pose a wider risk to shipping. SAMI warns that very often a specific type of piracy actually evolves into a more random ‘Smash and Grab’ form.

Criminal elements with a marine capability are considered to be willing and able to hit alternative targets, seeking to gain whatever they can from any passing shipping.

SAMI is urging widespread caution over piracy attacks

SAMI is urging widespread caution over piracy attacks

Most of the current incidents have taken place within territorial waters, and as such there is an expectation that local law enforcement and military intervention will eventually ease the current security problems.

Indeed, it’s to be hoped that affected countries are able to work together to counter this rising problem as they have done before.

In the meantime shipping must act to protect itself, and it is considered vital that action is taken from intelligence, management and operational perspectives.

One key concern to emerge is the accusation that criminals are being granted access to sensitive information on cargoes and vessel movements. As such owners, masters and agents need to do everything possible to control and restrict the flow of such intelligence and data.

Parallel to this is a need to ensure that practical measures are taken to protect seafarers, cargoes and vessels. From the management ashore through to the team onboard, there needs to be an awareness of the local piracy problems as well as an ability and willingness to take the necessary actions to safeguard and protect their vessels.

Time to revisit Ship Security Plans

“It’s now time to revisit Ship Security Plans (SSPs),” said Peter Cook, SAMI’s CEO, “and ensure that they are relevant and capable of implementing the defensive measures necessary to protect vessels from this form of piracy.”

While many vessels which trade internationally may have the necessary equipment and the crews have the knowledge and skills to enact measures akin to those of the industry Best Management Practices (BMP), there are many vessels in the region which only trade in this geographic area. This could be a problem, but one which needs to be addressed.

For these vessels, it may be more difficult to ramp up the security measures and response – but it’s vital that they do so. SAMI urges Company Security Officers (CSOs), Masters and Ship Security Officers (SSOs) to fully assess their vulnerabilities and the way in which security is enhanced.

The Association also stresses the importance of external professional capabilities, noting that private maritime security companies are able to provide the expert insight necessary to mitigate risk and protect vessels effectively.

SAMI is currently beta testing its new membership directory, and this will further assist the shipping industry to identify the companies, skills and experience it needs to assist and support maritime security efforts.

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Key maritime security stakeholders welcome ISO announcement

At a presentation ceremony held in London, key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) maritime security certification process.

RTI was congratulated for its success and support to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). Those PMSCs that have undertaken the ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007 process with RTI received their certificates.

As a certifying body, RTI Ltd provides assurance assessment and accredited certification for maritime security (ISO 28000 with ISO PAS 28007), assessing companies which provide privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) on-board ships.

As part of RTI’s own certification efforts the company had been working with a number of leading international private maritime security providers. Having been audited as part of RTI’s pilot scheme process, these companies are now awarded ISO 28007 certification and have achieved success within the demands of this gold standard for the provision of protection on-board vessels.

The newly certified ISO/PAS 28007:2012 companies are Alphard Maritime, Bowline Defence, Control Risks and Securewest International. The certification success now affords them a competitive edge in the provision of armed guarding services on-board ships.

Clear benchmark for those involved

Captain Alok Kumar, director and founder of Alphard Maritime, commented: “We are confident that the new ISO standard will place the certified PMSCs in a higher class and will assist owners to choose the better PMSC.”

Captain Kumar’s views were echoed by John Howells, the UK director for Alphard Maritime who explained: “The ISO standards and the ISO/PAS 280007 certification gives a clear benchmark for all in the shipping industry to be able to select a fully audited and approved service provider with internationally recognised standards to be trusted to safely guard their people and assets.”

Key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the ISO maritime security certification process

Key industry stakeholders have praised newly accredited certifying body RTI Ltd for its unique “master mariner” approach to the ISO maritime security certification process

A spokesperson for Bowline Defence added: “We are extremely grateful for the work that RTI carried out with us during the accreditation process. They were helpful, thoroughly professional in every respect and their auditors came with first-hand knowledge of seafaring and maritime risk. They knew exactly what they were talking about and taught us a great deal. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else thinking of going down the ISO28007 path.”

Peter Cheney, director of maritime services at Control Risks, said: “We are delighted that the award of ISO 28000/PAS 28007 is recognition of our long-held commitment to quality, training and safety. It demonstrates to the shipping industry the professionalism of Control Risks and the other leading Private Maritime Security Companies.”

In noting the difficulties of managing demanding new standards, Cheney added: “While Control Risks has an established and reputable profile of 40 years standing in the risk and security industry, we participated in the pilot programme to demonstrate our commitment to a respected international maritime industry standard. We chose RTI due to its maritime expertise and use of experienced master mariner auditors in the accreditation process. We are pleased that the standard now provides a means to enable industry stakeholders to identify with confidence robust, credible and dependable Private Maritime Security Companies.”

Development and adoption of industry standards

Clare Williamson-Cary, CEO of Securewest International, is also pleased to have worked with RTI on the pilot.

“With over 25 years of service to our maritime clients, Securewest International has long been committed to the development and adoption of security industry standards and Codes of Practice. We were pleased to support RTI in the pilot scheme and, of course, to receive the certification. This ISO provides for independent assessment against clearly defined standards which can only help to drive up standards internationally across our industry.”

It’s not just maritime security companies affected by the ISO 28007 development. Indeed, a number of key organisations have taken a very keen interest in the standards of armed guards and the companies providing them.

As such, RTI was pleased to receive supporting comments from the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG).

Speaking about the ISO process, David Cotterell (director at the OCIMF) said: “Standardisation and the production of industry standards are a core OCIMF function. Operating to ISO standards is both a mark of quality and often a differentiator for customers seeking contractors to provide a high quality service. We were supportive when the IMO decided on the ISO route for the accreditation of private maritime security contractors, and we are very pleased to see ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007 certification being awarded.”

Andrew Farquhar, chairman of the SCEG, stated: “The SCEG is pleased to see that RTI has also been accredited by UKAS to certificate PMSCs to ISO 28000 and ISO PAS 28007.”

Farquhar also commented: “As the maritime security industry moves forward, it’s essential that risk and quality management systems are in place that ship operators and industry stakeholders can rely upon. With its experienced master mariner auditors and accreditation as a certification body, the RTI brings added value to this process.”

RTI maritime director Captain Steve Cameron thanked all parties for their assistance and support: “The commitment to excellence which has been demonstrated by the private maritime security companies we have worked with made a real difference to the process and helped streamline the way in which complex demands were managed. Each deserves praise, respect and recognition for the efforts they have made.”

Cameron also praised the industry bodies for their role and dedication to finding solutions which have propelled maritime security as a priority.

“We should also thank and recognise the pivotal role of organisations such as BIMCO, SAMI, the SCEG and OCIMF,” urged Cameron, “as they have tackled difficult problems to ensure that security solutions have been developed and standards implemented.”

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SAMI urges shipping companies to double-check security plans

In the wake of an attempted terrorist attack on a vessel transiting the Suez Canal, and as evidence emerges of threats to vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has stressed the need for shipping companies to urgently check that ship security plans are in place, workable and fit for purpose.

All too often, the maritime security focus on-board and in offices ashore has been directed towards the threat posed by piracy but, as recent events have highlighted, the threat from terrorism is real and needs to be taken seriously.

The current security problems facing shipping are spread over a wide area, and it’s vital that there are processes in place to respond to credible threats or to the requirements to increase security levels.

Over the past month, some flag States have raised the levels of their International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code owing to the threat of terror attacks in the Yemen.

Such heightened security demands can be difficult to implement on-board, and thus it’s important that checks are made to ensure the correct response can be initiated.

Advice from SAMI

Peter Cook, CEO of SAMI, explained: “With shipping seemingly an increasingly attractive target to terrorists it is imperative that all steps are taken to ensure security measures can be implemented effectively.”

According to Cook, one of the best ways to check the ability to respond is to hold a security drill or exercise. “Companies can very quickly identify problem areas by holding a training exercise based on any number of current security threats,” he said.

Peter Cook: CEO of SAMI

Peter Cook: CEO of SAMI

There are a range of vital steps that shipowners are urged to take to safeguard their seafarers, cargoes and vessels. From a risk management perspective it’s important they appreciate the threats posed in the areas they operate. It is equally vital that the management team on-board are able to communicate and respond effectively to implement the necessary measures to mitigate any risks posed.

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI)

SAMI provides an international independent non-governmental organisation for the maritime security industry and a focal point for global maritime security matters.

The SAMI membership is made up of international maritime security companies from over 35 different nations, as well as equipment, technology and hardware providers exploring technical maritime security solutions.

For further information access: http://www.seasecurity.org

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