Partnership to Provide Simulation-Based Training
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tundra International announced it has entered an exclusive partnership with Mr. David Hammond, Barrister of 9 Bedford Row International Chambers to identify and develop new technology based training methods to test personnel on their knowledge and application of the Rules for the Use of Force and the '100 Series Rules' as it applies to the maritime security environment.

The 100 Series Rules, created by David Hammond, a U.K. Counsel and barrister-at-law who heads up the maritime practice at the International division of 9 Bedford Row Chambers, are intended to be a model set and example of best practice for maritime Rules for the Use of Force, and they are intended to compliment current industry RUF guidance, as well as supporting the requirements of ISO PAS 28007 as an international regulatory document.  They are being developed for the use and benefit of the entire maritime industry with support and technical advice from international organizations such as the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and BIMCO, and are under-pinned by a thorough public international and criminal law legal review using an objective international law test of what is "reasonable and necessary" and "proportionate" when force is used in self-defense.

Under the terms of this agreement, Tundra International, through its wholly-owned maritime subsidiary, Tundra Maritime Defense Services, will examine ways to ensure that training is made available in respect of the lawful application of the 100 Series Rules,  through a variety of methods including the use of integrated static and mobile training teams, and the development of simulator training packages through Tundra’s existing exclusivity agreement with Virtra Systems Inc., a provider of advanced judgmental and tactical simulators.

Tundra intends to use the Virtra 300 to develop judgmental Use of Force scenarios for the maritime environment. The Virtra 300 is the world's highest standard for both individual and collective Rules for the Use of Force training, combining five screens to give a 300-degree immersive training platform that ensures time in the simulator will translate into real-world experience for making judgment based decisions.

Tundra International is part of the Tundra Group which is a diverse group of companies with interests in risk management, security consultancy, maritime security services, defense technologies, and various types of training and industrial services. Tundra is headquartered near Toronto Canada and is represented in ten countries across North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Central and South Asia, with more than 1,000 employees worldwide. Tundra Maritime Defense Services is headquartered in Sri Lanka and operates throughout the High Risk Area and it’s littoral area.

9 Bedford Row International Chambers as the International division of 9 Bedford Row, is an international law set of U.K. Chambers with a well-earned international reputation as a center of excellence. Based in London and comprising a wealth of knowledge in international matters through its members, it recently asked David Hammond to join with his expanding international practice and continue to develop the maritime area based upon his extensive previous experience as both a former front line operator and international lawyer in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has been at the vanguard of the advancement of international maritime security standards and has played a lead role in the development of the 100 Series Rules for the Use of Force. SAMI is firmly of the view that the development of a model set of RUF is pivotal and a significant development for the maritime security industry.‚Ä®Commenting on the launch of the Virtra simulator trainer, Peter Cook ,Founder and Security Director of SAMI said, "The association is firmly committed to the development of technological security solutions and so we are delighted that Virtra and 9BRI will be providing cutting edge training with integrated legal support, this will help define the way in which realistic maritime security simulation training will go in the future.”


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