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SAMI and IMCA collaborate on Maritime Cyber Security Workshop for London International Shipping Week

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is working with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to host a Maritime Cyber Security Workshop as part of London International Shipping Week, which runs from 7-11 September.

The Workshop aboard HQS Wellington at London’s Victoria Embankment on Wednesday 9 September aims to provide attendees with the latest assessment and current trends in maritime cyber security threats, and how they impact the maritime industry.

The recent publication of the US Coast Guard’s Cyber Security guidance and debate at the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee on the need for the maritime industry to develop appropriate guidelines all point to the need for the marine industry to grasp the initiative in this area and take proactive action before a major incident is allowed to occur.

Facilitated by maritime cyber security specialists from Templar Executives, the Workshop will involve group discussion of cyber security incidents. The main focus, however, will be on interactive syndicate work based around a central scenario and configured to the offshore industry.

Incidents will range in severity from simple inadvertent user mistakes by crew through to malicious attacks from antagonists. Output will be captured on the day and subsequently used as the basis of informative guidance for the organisations’ members.

Speaking about the Workshop, SAMI’s Peter Cook stated: “This should be a fascinating day of sharing ideas and learning about this ubiquitous threat. We intend that attendees leave the event ‘uncomfortably educated’ about the threat to the commercial marine environment.”

Briefing on new cyber security guidance

The event will include a briefing on the new marine cyber security guidance developed by the Round Table of international shipping associations – BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO – which is likely to be incorporated within IMO guidance, as well as threat updates delivered by well-respected subject matter experts from the maritime cyber security world.

The outline programme includes syndicate briefings and cyber threat scenario tabletop syndicate work.

This Workshop is aimed at directors with security responsibilities, company and ship security officers as well as IT personnel. Due to the nature of the cyber security threat in the offshore marine domain, any other personnel with an interest in this field are also welcome to attend.

*Running from 10.00 am through until 6.30 pm, the Workshop is a free-to-attend event for SAMI and IMCA members. Places are available for non-members at a cost of £120 +VAT.

**Attendance is being co-ordinated by IMCA. Those wishing to attend or find out more should e-mail: events@imca-int.com or telephone: +44(0)20 7824 5520

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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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