Security consultancy Eos Risk Management has been certified by The Republic of Cyprus for the provision of security services for vessels registered with its flag administration.
The Cypriot Ministry of Transport Communications and Work awarded certified status to Eos Risk Management Limited as an approved Private Ship Security Company on December 4, 2015, via the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS), (Against Acts of Piracy and Other Unlawful Acts Law (2012) – (Law 77(i) of 2012).
The Cypriot Register is the 10th largest merchant fleet in the world and an important voice within merchant marine, with many leading shipping companies maintaining Cypriot offices.
Part of The Eos Risk Group, UK-based security risk and crisis management business Eos Risk Management has provided maritime security services globally since 2004, operating in high-risk areas such as the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea.
In order to gain certification, Eos underwent an extensive compliance program, which utilized existing systems (such as the Company ISO28007, ISO9001 and other compliance systems) with the requirements of the Cypriot Act.
The process included extensive vetting and approval of both employees responsible for the provision of security services, and key management personnel responsible for the business. Eos Risk Management Limited was also required to provide full disclosure of all controlled items via the submission of verifiable end user certificates.
David Johnson, chief executive officer at The Eos Risk Group, travelled to Hamburg alongside the management team to be tested and interviewed directly by the DMS, as part of the certification process.
He commented, “This detailed process was overseen by representatives from the DMS based in the Hamburg Cypriot Consulate who ensures all companies providing services to Cypriot flagged vessels own and operate their own equipment.
“We are very pleased to receive this certification which has taken a number of months to attain as the DMS were very meticulous and constructive throughout the whole process.
“One of the leading issues within the industry is the highly questionable practice of syndicating personnel and equipment between loose affiliations of companies and also some commercial operations set up specifically to facilitate the practice. For a number of years companies that have invested heavily in compliance have witnessed this type of, in many cases illegal, corner cutting. With the strong systems in place from the DMS we know we will be operating in a level playing field, where good practice is upheld.”
The Register of Certified Companies now extends to 43 Worldwide, which represents c.10 percent of Maritime Security providers.