Advanfort Praises German PMSC Accreditation Process

Marinelink.com
Monday, September 09, 2013

Global maritime security services provider the AdvanFort Company today praised new accreditation criteria for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) working on German-flagged vessels that raise required standards but are also professionally flexible.

"Key to this process is that the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) does not require a set of documents that is formally 'carved in stone,'” said AdvanFort Vice President for Sales and Business Development Axel Tuetken. “Rather, BAFA is willing to look at the documentation supplied by the PMSCs, offering a certain freedom on how to meet the requirements. That means that every truly professional PMSC can use their in-house knowledge and standards to prove to BAFA that this is the best way to ensure safety on German flagged vessels."

He added, "What is perhaps most important for those of us in the security service field is that the requirements are clear and that also foreign companies have the same opportunity to apply for accreditation. Most documents can be supplied in English language so BAFA has made it an equal playing field for German and non-German companies."

AdvanFort President William H. Watson underscored the importance of Tuetken's observations, adding the U.S. company’s support for the German initiative was due to the fact BAFA’s accreditation principles "will lead to a clear and more transparent view of the security industry working on German-flagged ships operating in High Risk Areas." At the same time, he said, "the process could also separate the 'wheat from the chaff' in terms of which PMSCs are true best-practice practitioners.”

Captain Watson concluded by saying that the maritime leader looked forward to any additional BAFA compliance checks undertaken by the Bundespolizei and noted that AdvanFort's continuing emphasis on training standards have meant on-going and improving standards that have created concern among less-capable PMSCs.

Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Dool to Serve as Chair of SLSMC Board

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that Tim Dool has been named as Chair of the Board of Directors, effective September 1. Dool was

Bollore First Half Boosted by Transport, Advertising Unit

French industrial group Bollore said first-half operating income rose 11 percent to 314 million euro because of strength at its transport business and advertising agency Havas,

Scrap Metal Exporter Pens Terminal Agreement

Port Canaveral Scrap Terminal LLC (PCST), a bulk ferrous scrap exporter, has signed a lease with the Canaveral Port Authority to operate a terminal in the north cargo area at Port Canaveral.

Education/Training

Stena, Sonangol Launch Training Facility in Angola

The Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola (CFMA) was officially launched on August 27 by top management from Sonangol, the Angolan public sector energy company and the Stena Group of Sweden.

‘Naval Architecture for Non Naval Architects’ Course

From September 15-18, 2014, HMC will provide a course “Naval Architecture for Non-Naval Architects” in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. HMC facilitated this course in cooperation with M.

BMT WBM to Showcase TUFLOW at World Bank Seminar

BMT WBM ( (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, a leading international engineering and risk management consultancy, is delighted to announce that it will be presenting

Maritime Security

East and South China Sea Disputes Need Creative Diplomacy

China and the United States appear headed for a damaging confrontation over the extent of China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas. Now that

Darwin, Australia Scene of KAKADU Exercise Planning

Over 1,200 military personnel from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions have completed collaborative, tactical warfare planning during the first week of the

USCG Recognizes Meritorious Bulkship Rescue Team

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal, State, County and several members of the maritime community have received a Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation

News

Dool to Serve as Chair of SLSMC Board

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that Tim Dool has been named as Chair of the Board of Directors, effective September 1. Dool was

Bollore First Half Boosted by Transport, Advertising Unit

French industrial group Bollore said first-half operating income rose 11 percent to 314 million euro because of strength at its transport business and advertising agency Havas,

East and South China Sea Disputes Need Creative Diplomacy

China and the United States appear headed for a damaging confrontation over the extent of China's territorial claims in the South and East China Seas. Now that

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2223 sec (4 req/sec)