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AKE Supports Unarmed Solution to Piracy

by Brittany Damora On the day a South Korean ship was attacked by pirates, the “Security Threats to Korean Business Operating Overseas” conference, run by Assist Card Korea, heard evidence in support of intelligence-led protection and unarmed solutions to piracy from UK-based risk consultancy AKE Group.   During the gathering of the biggest names in onshore business and shipping in Korea on 21 April 2011 the 75,000-ton Hanjin-owned Tianjinsignalled an SOS to its owners in Seoul and the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs: it was under attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.   The incident reflects an increase in piracy against South Korean vessels and highlights growing public support for armed solutions--as well as demonstrating the practical non-lethal methods that actually defused this attack.   AKE Group’s Andrew Kain, Richard Filon, Brittany Damora and Richard Mitchelson presented compelling evidence against armed guards, drawing on AKE’s extensive operational experience with the shipping industry and analysis of piracy trends.   Non-lethal techniques use intelligence to understand the modus operandi of pirates and their capabilities. Vessel hardening with wire and improvised tools, safe rooms to protect crew, security training and contingency plans come at minimal cost and promote risk-awareness

Port Management Program for Officials

Senior port officials and maritime industry executives interested in learning the latest port operation, planning and management techniques can participate in the 16th annual International Program for Port Planning and Management (IPPPM), to be held in New Orleans, March 13-24, 2000. The intensive training program offers maritime industry leaders from around the world a unique opportunity for further professional education and personal enrichment

Somali Pirate Hijackings Increase to 15-Month High: AKE

Somali pirates hijacked 10 ships in March, the most since December, 2010, and may attack larger merchant vessels this month, AKE Intelligence said, Bloomberg reported. Four of the seized craft were used to make more attacks, rather than being held for ransom, said Rory Lamrock, a piracy analyst at the Hereford, England-based security and risk-assessment company. “Pirate syndicates will be emboldened by the latest hijackings

UK Maritime Security Firm Ambrey Risk Gains Accreditation

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Maritime security company Ambrey Risk, specialists in commercial shipping in the oil and gas sector inform it has now been formally awarded full certification & accreditation for ISO 28000: ISO/PAS 28007, following Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) being appointed as a ‘Certifying Body’ (CB) against ISO/PAS 28007 by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Open Ocean Welcomes IMO Stance on Private Security Teams


Open Ocean’s maritime risk management alliance welcomes IMO’s statements on use of private maritime security on vessels. Murray Hammick, Managing Director of Chenega Federal (UK) Ltd, the company behind the Open Ocean maritime risk management alliance, welcomed the IMO Secretary General’s recent comments on the use of private maritime security companies (PMSC), made at the commencement of Maritime Safety Committee 90 last week

Legislative Insider: Compliance with the New Security Standards

War is upon us. One cannot help but think that war and its impact upon our everyday lives will be with us, both directly and indirectly, for years to come. The US coalition forces will persevere and, in the end, prevail. The costs must be measured in human lives as well as dollars. Our world has forever changed and will continue to evolve in the aftermath of the war into the unforeseeable future. Security is part of the cost of living in this new, post-9/11 world.

L-3 and Power2Ship to Collaborate

Power2Ship Inc. announced their collaboration with L-3 Communications on a solution for secure and efficient container transportation worldwide. This solution is targeted to meet the recent Department of Homeland Security objective outlined by Secretary Chertoff for supply chain security. Chertoff, in discussing the Department's focus, recently stated, "DHS must base its work on priorities driven by risk." Since its creation

CA Ports Get Port Security Grant Money

The Department of Homeland Security awarded more than $6.1 million in supplementary Port Security Grant funds to the ports of San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond and Stockton, California. The San Francisco Marine Exchange was selected by the Coast Guard Federal Maritime Security Coordinator as the fiduciary agent to oversee the use of these funds on behalf of the Northern California Area Maritime Security Committee. The Port of Redwood City received an additional award of $33,000.00

Controlling Maritime Security Cost

It is expected that the USCG will begin stepping up compliance measures and holding companies more accountable to the codes and regulations of the Maritime Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). The anticipated actions by the USCG, combined with the current cost of normal security procedures, will make it increasingly more difficult for companies to balance compliance with manageable security budgets. In addition, companies that lack the knowledge and experience to maintain full compliance run the risk

Security Regs Will Impact the Bottom Line

The North of England P&I club has warned its members this week that the International Maritime Organization's new ship-security rules could have a significant impact on the commercial aspects of their operations when it comes into force on 1 July 2004. In the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter 'Signals', the 45 million GT club says all existing and future contracts relating to ships' operations - including charterparties

Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Partner on Dangerous Goods Safety

Hapag-Lloyd’s Berlin Express (Photo: Hapag-Lloyd)

Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk Line have agreed to cooperate in increasing the safety of dangerous goods following a meeting today in Hamburg in which Maersk Line showed interest to implement a tracing system similar to Hapag-Lloyd’s watchdog program into its business processes.  

Keeping a Watchful Eye

Maritime surveillance technique & technology in the new millennium In 2014, Forbes Associate Director for Maritime Services at Control Risks stated that maritime risks are on the rise. Mariners and ship owner/operators experienced a 26% spike in maritime piracy and armed robbery since

IACS Chairman Meets Industry Stakeholders b

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J Wiernicki

  ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki has taken part in a series of meetings with maritime industry stakeholders in his capacity as chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). Together with IACS Secretary-General Robert Ashdown

UK P&I Club's West Africa Piracy Guidance

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UK P&I Club provides practical guidance to Members in relation to piracy in West Africa. Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention, says: “We have seen a sizable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and are witnessing an increase in incidents particularly offshore

Spotlight: Cyber Risk Management


An increasing number of systems on ships and at marine facilities depend on cyber technologies for routine operations. While cyber technology has improved efficiencies in the marine industry and around the world, it has also created potential vulnerabilities.

US Regulators Revise Proposal on Commodity Position Limits

U.S. derivatives regulators are revising their proposal to limit the positions that traders can hold in commodity markets to make it easier for some hedge funds and banks to keep large trades.   The Commodity Futures Trading Commission wants to allow financial firms to count their market

Risk Profile of Hull Market Improving - IUMI

IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee Chairman, Mark Edmondson

  IUMI – the International Union of Marine Insurance – at its annual conference in Berlin yesterday announced that global hull premiums for 2014 totalled USD 7.6bn, a 5.8% reduction from 2013. IUMI’s Ocean Hull Committee Chairman, Mark Edmondson, commented

OSK-ShipTech Puts Polar Operations in Focus

Tackling the risks of polar operations and new challenges for future ship design   Citing an increase of cruise operations in polar waters, naval architects and marine engineers OSK-ShipTech A/S has ventured into new strategic business areas addressing the challenges and needs of ship

Oman Navy Receives New Patrol Vessel

Photo courtesy ST Marine

 Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) delivered the second Patrol Vessel RNOV Shinas to the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Company also held the Naming Ceremony for the third PV RNOV Sadh built for the Navy.   The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman

Security in the Indian Ocean Fragile -MAST

The security situation in the Indian Ocean could quickly change for the worse, according to maritime security company MAST.   Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said, “For commercial shipping, the Indian Ocean is arguably the safest ocean on the planet

SHIPPINGInsight to Focus on Ship Telematics

CAPT David Moskoff Photo United States Department of Transportation

  The directors of SHIPPINGInsight today announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy professor Capt. David Moskoff has agreed to be a special guest speaker at the 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition. The annual event takes place Oct

Safeguarding Against Safety Concern on FLNG Installations

Press release - Accidental release of cryogenic liquids such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) poses a significant risk to personnel and assets on oil and gas installations. In addressing these risks, Lloyd’s Register Energy has developed a guidance note that provides a consistent methodology

Danish Conference to Address Maritime Security

Piracy and armed robbery against ships, corruption and illegal trafficking are well-known maritime security challenges. Now it is time to find solutions.   On Tuesday, October 6, an international conference organized for the second year in a row by the Danish Shipowners’ Association

PGI Risk Portal Free to Shipping Industry

Global security specialist Protection Group International (PGI) will provide its specialist risk analysis service – PGI Risk Portal – free to the international maritime industry, the company announced this week during London International Shipping Week (LISW15).

Port Security Requires Early Planning

Dr. Mark Yong, Business Development Director for BMT

  Port security has too often lagged behind the demands of ever more vulnerable facilities with new technology often being deployed as an after-market add-on, rather than a homogenous part of the port’s day to day working. With new ports being developed on green or brown-field sites

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