ISS Launches Anti-Piracy Solution

press release
Monday, January 23, 2012
Claus Hyldager, Group Chief Executive, ISS

Inchcape Shipping Services launches state-of-the-art anti-piracy solution.

 

Cost effective armour protection provides unrivalled countermeasures to safeguard vessel and crew welfare. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), a maritime services provider, and Vessel Protection Solutions (VPS)  announced the launch of a new anti-piracy partnership that will provide the ultimate protection for vessels and their crews while operating in known piracy regions.  The solutions will provide customers with highly effective fully certified systems that are designed to combat RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) and small arms fire.

 

“Time and again we see bullet proof vests issued to crews without hard armour plates, and vessels using 8mm mild steel to protect the bridge, internal doors and citadels, which will do nothing against a round from an AK47,” said Edward Unwin, Sales Director Vessel Protection Solutions. “Similarly, using double layers of standard mesh fencing to counter the threat of an RPG attack will actually increase the chance of a lethal detonation,” continued Unwin.

 

Following extensive research and live fire testing, as well as years of consultation with the defence industry and associated partners and suppliers, ISS and VPS will provide customers with a comprehensive range of advanced, high-tech protective countermeasures, including:

 

• Light Armour System against Shaped Ordnance (LASSO)
 

A high tensile steel mesh that short circuits an RPG projectile rendering its explosive shape charge inert.. LASSO is deployed around the bridge offering protection to the crew whilst still allowing full visibility to the Master. The system can then be easily stowed when the vessel is not transiting high risk areas.

 

• Ramor 500
 

Specially designed light-weight, armoured steel that offers comprehensive protection to the bridge and vessel’s access points. The armour is able to withstand multiple hits from high velocity rifle rounds including AK47 making it ideal for Citadel construction. The system does not require class recertification as it is lightweight and easily removable.

 

• Composite Armour
 

A range of ultimate lightweight armour protection that has been designed specifically for the maritime industry. Products include fully certified Lloyds approved ballistic doors, weapon cabinets and removable ballistic panels. These STANAG certified products are ideal for offering enhanced protection to the bridge and internal access areas.

 

• Anti-Ballistic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
 

Certified Body Armour, Helmets, Hard Armour Plates and Soft Armour panels which have been specifically designed for maritime applications. These protective systems will provide significant increased survivability if the crew comes under small arms fire. These lightweight vests and helmets will also offer additional protection against fragmentation and blunt trauma.

 

Graham Fee, Project Manager, VPS Hub, Inchcape Shipping Services commented: “While Best Management Practices provides useful guidelines and recommendations to combat pirate attacks, when it comes to ballistic protection, shipowners need real counsel on the kind of solutions to adopt. Budgets are tight given the current economic climate, however there’s no point in just going for the cheapest material that may tick a compliance box but doesn’t work during an attack and invalidates insurance; ultimately costing more in the long-term. Our focus is to provide solutions that save lives, are cost efficient and are proven by both military and civil agencies.”

 
 

Claus Hyldager, Group Chief Executive, ISS, concluded: “Piracy is one of the greatest challenges the industry faces.  While the legislative debate continues on how to best tackle the issue in relation to armed guards, is it vital that shipowners have access to the best equipment and onboard vessel and crew armour that provides appropriate protection, right now. Our VPS operation and our expertise in this area is testament to our commitment to helping our customers meet these challenges that serve to impact the efficiency of their operations and the wellbeing of their crews.”
 

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

People & Company News

Nordic American Offshore Declares Dividend

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. today announced that its board of directors has declared a dividend of $0.45 per common share for the third quarter 2014. This is the same as for the second quarter 2014.

Bollore Africa Logistics Sees Profit Plunge in H1

First half 2014 profit at shipping company Bollore Africa Logistics plunged to 5.89 billion CFA francs ($11.48 million) from 9.45 billion CFA francs in the same period last year,

Ocean Rig, Petrobras Agree to $1.1b Drill Ships Lease

Cyprus-based Ocean Rig UDW Inc said on Monday that it signed a $1.1 billion three-year contract with Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, to

New Products

Messer to Debut MetalMaster Xcel

Messer Cutting Systems said it has answered the call from manufacturers that have been demanding a faster, more accurate way of producing cut parts. Messer’s

APM Terminals wins Battle for Moin Container Terminal

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Costa Rican Government and APM Terminals in an appeal filed by the port workers union against the 33-year concession

Making the Case for Glycerine as Clean Marine Fuel

GLEAMS Project concludes that Glycerine is a viable, clean, alternative marine fuel After a year of intense activity, Marine South East’s GLEAMS (Glycerine Fuel

Maritime Safety

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

Cruise Ship Returns to Texas after Ebola Concern

The Carnival Magic cruise ship was en route back to the United States on Saturday with a passenger from Texas who might have handled specimens of the first Ebola

MEPC Approves Draft Polar Code

Draft Polar Code approved by IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee A key step on the way to a mandatory Polar Code for ships operating in Arctic and

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
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: 0.2300 sec (4 req/sec)