The Nautical Institute has launched Maritime Security handbook: coping with piracy, which focuses on the people who have to cope with piracy – seafarers, shore-based staff and those working in the maritime security industry.
The book gives practical guidance on preparation and training before entering a high risk area, self-protection measures while within it and survival strategies if taken hostage. This includes the effective implementation of the industry’s Best Management Practices (BMP), the onboard implications of taking on armed guards, building a disciplined and supportive onboard team and ensuring immediate action ashore should the worst happen.
The book was launched simultaneously in London, UK, and Melbourne, Australia; in London at a seminar in conjunction with a SAMI workshop on the future of marine security held as part of London International Shipping Week and in Melbourne onboard the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s Lord Nelson as part of a celebration of her first visit to Australia and circumnavigation of the world.
Maritime Security Handbook: coping with piracy, is available from The Nautical Institute price: £20; ISBN: 978 1 906915 46 9 http://www.nautinst.org/pubs
Author Steven Jones MSc BSc (Hons) MNI commented: “We must remember that piracy is killing seafarers and destroying lives and livelihoods. Despite some recent successes in combating it, there is no acceptable level of piracy.” He added that as Maritime Director of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI), his primary focus is on people. He aims to give all, whether onboard or ashore, access to best practice on protecting vessels, training, and provision of useable and timely intelligence.
Speaking at the London launch, the Institute’s President, Captain Sivaraman ‘Krish’ Krishnamurthi FNI, said: “Pirate attacks violate people in the vessels that serve as their workplaces and their homes. We hope this handbook brings attention back where it deserves to be – on the plight of seafarers whether actually in the hands of criminals or facing that threat.”