Open Ocean Launches Maritime Security Program

(Press Release)
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Chenega UK Managing Director Murray Hammick

Aboard the HQS Wellington in London yesterday, Chenega UK Ltd. launched its fully integrated maritime security system to combat piracy and provide the ship owning community with a holistic, single point of contact security program to mitigate the risk of piracy.

 

The system was received with excitement by the shipowners, managers, insurers, flag states and others engaged in transporting more than 90% of the world's goods, as "currently, it is the maritime industry itself that is being held hostage", stated an Open Ocean representative.
 
The shortfalls currently facing the maritime industry include navigation, hardening of ships and loosely organized security teams. "Despite quantities of open source information being available owners and navigation teams appear to occasionally make some very odd decisions including sailing significant additional distances without adding to safety," observed Open Ocean's Mike Powell, formerly Head of Tanker Operations for ST Shipping & Transport as well as Global Head of Vessel Operations for BP. "At best failing to use information and intelligence intelligently burns vast amounts of additional fuel and adds time costs unnecessarily, at worst, it can put ships and seafarers at risk."
 
Chenega UK Managing Director Murray Hammick added "The shipping world has had to deal in a piecemeal fashion with the realities of piracy and related crimes against their seafarers and ships with little support from the establishment (however that is defined), and it is somewhat inevitable that the provision of maritime security has been a rather haphazard affair in the circumstances.
 
A few years ago we in Chenega had the undoubted luxury of being able to take a 60,000 foot view of the problem and, from the perspective of a defense corporation with expertise in the fields of IT, data collection and processing, security and operational planning and support, so we set out to see what a comprehensive, top-down maritime security solution might look like. This was the genesis of Open Ocean.". Hammick continued: "Our first impression was that owners and charterers wanted someone to take the whole problem of sourcing and managing security off their shoulders. They wanted a single point of contact and also contract for intelligence, surveys, security teams etc. We asked ourselves how comfortable a multi-billion dollar company might be when facing a public and international inquiry into the actions of a security team on one of its ships. Risk management is an important criteria for ship owners."
 
The launch was attended by global representatives of the shipping industry who pressed for clarification on Open Ocean's "right to operate". Mike Powell replied that Chenega would not have risked its corporate reputation with its Federal partners unless there was complete confidence in Open Ocean's capabilities. Chenega Vice President of Business Operations for the Strategic Business Unit handling Military, Intelligence and Operations Support affirmed their commitment to Open Ocean: "Chenega has its corporate basis in intelligence and command and control infrastructure, and we see the issues of piracy as a prime example of where intelligence can benefit industry to combat a problem that threatens global trade. Chenega is 100% behind this effort and we look forward to participating in Open Ocean's success in contributing to the safety of shipping and its transport of more than 90% of the world's goods."
 
When asked how Open Ocean benefits shipowners, Mike Powell replied: "Quite simply, it represents a credible outsourced comprehensive security solution already subject to rigorous external controls. It has the right capabilities and backing."
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Greeks at Frontline of Migrant Crisis Angry at EU Critics

ABOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Aegean Sea, Feb 11: Greek Captain Argyris Frangoulis lifts his binoculars and with eyes fixed on the Aegean Sea horizon, steers his

Volvo Penta Debuts Innovative Glass Cockpit

The new generation of Glass Cockpit expands Volvo Penta’s collaboration with Garmin for an advanced monitoring and control system that makes boating easier. And its clever application,

Long Beach sees Robust Container Growth

The Port of Long Beach kicked off the New Year by logging its seventh straight month of cargo increases, showing a 24.8 percent jump in container shipments over the same month last year.

New Products

Honda Marine on Display at Miami Boat Show

Honda Marine is set to market its complete range of outboard marine four-stroke engines at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show, February 11-15, 2016.   At this year’s show,

MTS Assists Damen in Maersk Connector Sea Trials

Leading marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) has supported shipbuilder Damen during sea trials of its latest offshore cabling vessel, Maersk Connector.

CMA-CGM and Cosco Alliance in the Offing?

The newly-formed shipping giant China Cosco Shipping Corporation and CMA CGM met recently in Shanghai to discuss the possibility of a new French-Asian alliance, say local Chinese media.

Maritime Security

Greeks at Frontline of Migrant Crisis Angry at EU Critics

ABOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Aegean Sea, Feb 11: Greek Captain Argyris Frangoulis lifts his binoculars and with eyes fixed on the Aegean Sea horizon, steers his

NZ's “Sound framework” for Managing Coastal Navigation

A review of coastal navigation safety by Maritime NZ has found that there is a sound framework in place to manage the movement of ships around the New Zealand coast,

UK to Double NATO Naval Deployments in 2016

Britain is doubling its naval deployments to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in a move aimed a showing enemies that "we are ready to respond to any threat",

Maritime Safety

Greeks at Frontline of Migrant Crisis Angry at EU Critics

ABOARD THE AGIOS EFSTRATIOS, Aegean Sea, Feb 11: Greek Captain Argyris Frangoulis lifts his binoculars and with eyes fixed on the Aegean Sea horizon, steers his

Update on Seagull Mobile apps for Crew

The Seagull mobile app for crew training status is set to revolutionise the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts, by making

Neptune Awarded Kitan Contract

Neptune has been awarded an air diving services contract by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd (“Technip”) for the Kitan disconnection project. The project is offshore

Consulting

Interactive Map Highlights Shipping's Global Security Threats

Ship owners and managers can now view what security threats a country poses to shipping lines with the click of a button thanks to a new live interactive map.   The

IOCs Stress on OSV Fuel Management Performance

Growing insistence by international oil companies (IOCs) that oilfield contract vessels (OSVs) are fitted with fuel monitoring systems has prompted an upsurge in

Seafarers help Sought to Improve Onboard Design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.1250 sec (8 req/sec)