WDT Security Barriers, Buoys Installed at Army Reserve
Wave Dispersion Technologies (WDT) announced the recent delivery and installation of four Marine Security Sign Buoys and two hundred and eighty linear feet of WhisprWave Small Craft Intrusion Barrier (SCIB) for the US Army Reserve Facility at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA. The facility, located on the western edge of San Francisco Bay in Northern California previously received a similar sized barrier in 2004. This installation follows several recent port security contracts received by WDT including the Port of Jebel Ali, Dubai for the USN and Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA for the USCG.
WDT Sees Production Increase
Wave Dispersion Technologies (WDT) announced the company has doubled its production capacity due to increased global demand for the WhisprWave line of maritime barriers and buoys. The increased capacity was brought on line in early January 2006. The company recently announced several recent port security contracts in the US and globally and the expanded manufacturing production will ensure delivery and installation of the WhisprWave products.
Port of Houston Awards $12M Security Contract
The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) commission approved a recommendation to award a contract to TRC-ECON Capital, L.P. for security infrastructure enhancements. Under the estimated $12 million, three-year design/build contract, TRC-ECON is expected to prepare a security master plan and implement the design and construction of fences, closed-circuit television systems, facility access controls and other security enhancements. The commission also approved a recommendation to execute a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enable Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF) to help PHA develop and implement the first security management system (SMS) at a U.S. port.
Anteon Receives Information Security Contract
Anteon has been awarded a four-year (base plus three option years), $4.7 million contract to support the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) Department of Defense Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP). The DITSCAP was developed to standardize the process of certifying and accrediting all DoD Automated Information Systems. Under this contract, Anteon and Corbett Technologies, a small business specializing in information assurance and the DITSCAP, will assist the MSC in certifying and accrediting its critical information technology assets. The Anteon Team will review all MSC systems and conduct the supporting activities required to complete the DITSCAP for MSC.
BIMCO Unveils New Contract Editing Solution
BIMCO has launched SmartCon, a new solution for editing contracts that is designed to make contractual work easier and more secure. “SmartCon is a brand-new approach to contract editing, we believe that it will significantly ease the work life of our current users and will attract new users to BIMCO’s contract universe,” said Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts and Clauses at BIMCO. The key innovation in SmartCon is that the features are built into a Word document, which will integrate and merge seamlessly with the normal workflow of shipping professionals and legal staff.
Ship Security Contracts Awarded
Integrating Systems & Technologies Inc., Crawfordsville, Ind., was awarded on June 20, 2005, a maximum value $10 million firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to produce various types of machined items used in physical security installations and hull perimeter lighting. security installations and hull perimeter lighting efforts. security installations support Navy and Military Sealift Command ships. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. offers. contracting activity (N00164-05-D-4419). shop-type items. physical security installations and hull perimeter lighting efforts. physical security installations support Navy and Military Sealift Command ships. 2010. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.
Port of San Francisco Develops New Physical Security Plan
Embarcadero Systems Corporation (ESC) won a contract to develop physical security plans, security technology and security plan implementation recommendations for the Port of San Francisco’s seven and a half miles of shoreline stretching from Hyde Street Pier in the north to India Basin in the south. Under this five-month contract, the ESC-led team will provide a comprehensive Physical Security Plan suited to protect the unique needs of the Port of San Francisco, recognizing its significant tourist industry and open access to waterfront facilities. The plan will work in collaboration with local, state and federal resources; coordinate with the city’s Emergency Operation Plan; and comply with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Dryad Shortlisted for Safety at Sea Award
Dryad Maritime Intelligence announced that it has been short-listed in the management/operations category for their Fleet Security Management service in this years’ IHS Safety at Sea Awards. The awards recognize innovation and excellence while paying tribute to outstanding contributions made to the maritime safety industry. In this their seventh year, the awards celebrate the role that safety managers and manufacturers play in saving and protecting lives at sea across the international maritime safety market. Dryad’s Fleet Security Management service is predominantly managed by former Royal Navy operations specialists with over 400 years collective service.
Oman Shipping Invests in Counter-Piracy Measures
Equally important, he said, is the need to safeguard the company’s Omani and multinational crew, some 600 of whom are at sea at any given time. “We spend a lot of money training our people. We use external consultants and have them sail on our vessels. We run through mock drills and mock attacks, provide citadels (safe rooms) on our ships, bulletproof film on the windows, body armour, razor wire, communications, and so on. This involves a big expense, but there is no alternative,” Capt Boyce told delegates on the second day of the TransOman Conference at the Grand Hyatt Muscat. In addition, the company spends significant sums on the deployment of private armed security guards on its vessels during sailings through piracy-prone waters.
Canada Issues Maritime Security Contract Tender
Transport Minister Tony Valeri announced a call for tender for contractors to review vessel security assessments and plans for large Canadian flagged vessels that navigate international waters, and the ports that serve them. Transport Canada is implementing International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements concerning security plans for commercial vessels that operate internationally, as well as for the ports they visit. The IMO, through its International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), imposes a number of security requirements on maritime operators, including a requirement that all vessels of more than 500 gross registered tons that operate internationally and their ports of call have security plans in place by July 1, 2004.
Impeva Labs Awarded Security Contract from PANYNJ
Impeva Labs, Inc., announced that it has received 18-month contract from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). for Operation Safe Commerce (OSC) Phase III. selected to provide the key technologies for two of the four supply chains being evaluated during OSC III. sensors. condition and security status on a continuous basis. infrastructure. the container is globally located.
Iridium Wins Security Contract
ZOCA Container Security BV has developed an innovative approach to preventing unauthorized opening of shipping containers, a serious problem in today’s shipping industry. The ZOCA approach taps Iridium satellite data links to control the containers’ locking devices remotely. The ZOCA system consists of a strong mechanical tamper-proof lock, which can only be operated with a ZOCA handheld mobile device. In order to lock or unlock the container, the handheld instrument must be plugged into a connection on the outside of the container. The control unit sends a security code for the lock to a central computer at ZOCA’s global processing center through Iridium’s constellation of 66 low-earth orbiting satellites. The central computer confirms the correct security code.
London Gateway Ups Security Measures
Expanded use of converged security and information management platform will support physical and IT security program at DP World London Gateway. London Gateway, one of the U.K.’s major ports owned and operated by DP World, has implemented converged security and information management (CSIM) software port-wide to increase security and provide overall situational awareness capability. Situated on the north bank of the River Thames, the deep-sea container port is located next to Europe’s largest logistics park, providing shipping access to key U.K. consumer markets.
PHA Commission Considers Security Contract and MOU
The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) commission will consider several recommendations involving contract awards, bids and proposals, professional services and general administrative and operational matters during its meeting at 2 p.m. Barbours Cut Boulevard (off Highway 146) in LaPorte, Texas. Jim Edmonds will preside over the meeting, which is open to the public. TRC-ECON Capital, L.P. for security infrastructure enhancements. enhancements. first security management system (SMS) at a U.S. port. to PHA's environmental management system. services over a two-year period at an estimated cost of $45,000. terminals at the Barbours Cut Container facility. fire protection, pavement striping and other utility adjustments. and $2.9 million. $69,691 contract to R.W. Patrick and Associates, Inc.
Congressional, Maritime Leaders Support Jones Act on the Hill
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act. RADM Mark H. Mr. Mr. The Committee and those testifying expressed bipartisan support for the Jones Act and enforcement of the law. “In order for us to maintain the way of life as we know it as a nation that is secure and is able to project power, be it Navy power or commercial power, the Jones Act is intrinsic to that.
Chembulk Tankers Issues USD 200mln Bond
Chembulk Tankers announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Chembulk Holding LLC, has priced USD 200 million in senior secured bonds which will carry a coupon of 8.00% and be due in February 2023. The net proceeds from the bond offering will be used for refinancing of existing bank debt and general corporate purposes. In addition, this bond offering contains a tap issuance feature, where Chembulk can expand the issue amount at a future date to a maximum of USD 250 million, subject to standard issuance tests.
State of the US Passenger Vessel Industry
PVA president Jeff Whitaker in December weighed in on his year as head of the nation’s passenger vessel advocacy group, where we are headed next, and what it will take to get there. The U.S. passenger vessel industry is looking forward to continued growth in the coming months. The past year was witness to solid economic conditions in the U.S., which added fuel to an already strong travel and tourism market, underpinning much of the U.S. passenger vessel industry. Ferry ridership continued to be strong with ferry systems in the Northeast…
ADT to Install $4.75M Security System at Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland announced today the award of a $4.75 million maritime security enhancement contract to Florida-based ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security. Under the contract, ADT will install an integrated security system using advanced technology to assist the Port of Oakland, the nation's fourth busiest container port, in its overall security assessment and improvement program. The contract is being funded through a 2002 seaport security grant award from the federal Transportation Security Administration. The contract calls for a comprehensive system design: automated access control, video surveillance, perimeter intrusion detection, as well as an integrated communications infrastructure.
Sea Marshals Gains New Armed Guard Insurance
International maritime security specialist Sea Marshals Limited announced that it has gained insurance which complies with BIMCO’s new Guardcon standards. Launched this week, BIMCO’s Guardcon provides an industry standard contract for the employment of security guards on ships. In particular, it addresses concerns over the relationship between the Master and the Head of the Security team on board a vessel. The company signed documents for the policy at the end of last week to ensure that it was already in compliance with Guardcon before its industry launch. “Sea Marshals has worked hard to make sure we comply with Guardcon,” said Thomas Jakobsson, Chief of Operations for Sea Marshals. “Guardcon gives the whole industry a standard contract when using guards onboard ships.
Bourbon, Bureau Veritas Partner on Digitalization
Under a new strategic partnership agreement, French offshore services firm Bourbon and testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas will develop and deploy new digital technologies, including solutions for automation, real time fleet monitoring and mitigating cyber risks. For dynamic positioning systems in particular, the partnership will aim to deliver advanced automation of to enable real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams…
Damen Delivers Patrol Vessel to Nigeria
Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Ltd (Homeland) of Lagos, Nigeria, has taken delivery of another Damen 3307 Patrol Vessel for operations in the offshore oil fields in the Gulf of Guinea. This takes the total delivered vessels/Guardians since the first arrived in early 2014 to four. Guardian 4 has joined its three sister ships in providing security services to the oil majors active in Nigeria’s territorial waters, together with additional support services including crew transfers and equipment deliveries.
BIMCO to Draft Standard Security Contracts
With the increasing use of armed guards on ships and the fear that second-rate security firms may take advantage of the piracy situation, BIMCO is forging ahead with the development of a standard contract for the employment of armed guards. The new contract, which will be drafted by a team of experts of shipowners, lawyers and underwriters, and with the assistance of the International Group of P&I Clubs, will require private security firms offering armed guards to follow the IMO Guidelines for owners on the used privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships (MSC Circular 1405). Of major importance is ensuring that security…
USCG Awards Contract for Response Boats
The U.S. Coast Guard today awarded a contract of up to $10 million to SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Wash., for ports and waterways response boats. Funding for the boats, which will help the service perform Homeland Security missions, was provided in the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2002. The initial order is for 18 boats with an option of procuring additional craft and essential spare parts over the next 18 months. "The Coast Guard is currently operating the largest port security program since World War II alongside other federal, state and local agencies," said Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. in key economic and militarily strategic ports.