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Gulf of Guinea Security

The term Gulf of Guinea Security unhelpfully conjures up negative images. This is of hostage taking and rampant crime linked to piracy and criminal acts at sea. Recent media attention, in the wake of a slow down since 2012 of the Somali High Risk Area (HRA) events, would have this belief stated as fact. The fact is, like many areas of the world, this region does have inherent security dynamics.

This guidance report will provide general analysis and contextual historical background for those tasked with operating or planning to operate offshore in this region. It should be appreciated that risk is dynamic within this complex environment. This document should be viewed as an enabler so as to facilitate an informed choice and seek where appropriate professional advice.

A copy of this document can be found under the members section.

2013 Election Results – David Stone (President)

Under the Constitution, the Executive of IAMSP are elected every two years and may not serve more than 2 consecutive terms in the same position. As a result, an election was called and nominations were opened. All members in good standing (for the past 1.5 years) were contacted and given the opportunity to put forward nominations. As a result of this process, eleven nomination submissions were received with only one candidate being put forward for President. Given the requirements under the Constitution, the need for the position to be filled, the lack of any second name--the position of President is passed to Mr David Stone by acclamation.

There is a period of transition until 01 May 2013 which will ensure a graceful handing over of responsibilities and files.

New positions under the President will be announced over the coming months. The Association wishes to express its thanks to those that have discharged their functions on the Executive over the past four years and looks forward to the new group that will be coming into those positions.

These elections demonstrate the Association's commitment to its membership and the transparency of its processes supporting that membershp. This also marks a major miletone in the life of the Association in its ability to demonstrate a level of sustainability even as leadership positions change over time.

Congratulations to those involved and we look forward to the next two years.

ASIS Standard PSC 4

IAMSP is pleased to announce that ASIS International's Quality Assurance and Security Management for Private Security Companies Operating at Sea has gained ANSI approval as an American National Standard. This significant hurdle is the result of ASIS International being able to demonstrate that it strictly adhered to some of the highest principles and requirements associated with the development of standards--and an ability to demonstrate that such standards were kept free of undue interference and vested interests.

IAMSP members, including Executive Members, participated significantly on both the Technical Committee and Working Group--giving private maritime security companies a clear and credible voice. By integrating into the ASIS International process, IAMSP demonstrated both its willingness to work collaboratively with credible Associations and Institutions on efforts that will see the maritime security profession evolve.

As this is the final standard in the suite of four, IAMSP wishes to thank its members that took significant time and made significant efforts in contributing to the ASIS International standards development process. The efforts, which can be clearly shown as putting the needs of the maritime security industry ahead of its own and keeping in line with credible principles and practices, represent major steps in the development of a professional core. We also wish to congratulate ASIS International on the success of this very significant effort.

 

 

ASIS Standard PSC 3

IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the Maturity Model for the Phased Implementation of a Quality Assurance Management System for Private Security Service Providers. With several members contributing on both the Technical Committee and Working Group, we are pleased to have been a part of a truly transparent development process that has resulted in a standard that makes sense for the maritime security industry.

These efforts, collaborating with other credible Associations, is part of IAMSP's efforts to ensure that the maritime security industry receives useful, clear, and concise guidance that can be shown to be free of outside interference and vested interests.

 

New Master’s Degree / Certification Offered as Dual Award

The International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (IAMSP) and Coventry University are proud to announce that after almost one year of rigorous development, the Dual Award online Master’s Degree in Maritime Security will accept its first intake of students in December 2012. This dual award will allow the successful candidates to earn a fully accredited Master’s degree in the Maritime Security domain while also meeting the requirements associated with the Recognized Academic Fellow or Certified Academic Fellow being launched by IAMSP. This dual award program forms a clearly measurable and credible means of demonstrating both knowledge and experience for those who are undertaking, or seeking to undertake, senior positions in the Maritime Security domain.

This program combines both the educational excellence of the academic community while also benefitting from the contributions of industry leaders across the maritime security domain. As a result, those graduating from this challenging program will be at the cutting edge of global security strategies policies, as well as technological and operational issues that make the maritime security domain one of the most rewarding and challenging efforts in industry.

Allan McDougall, President of the IAMSP, sees this program as a unique and innovative opportunity for those practicing in the domain. With this program, it is possible for security practitioners to leverage their experience and operational understanding to great effect. Further to recognizing this experience as an avenue for entry, the participation of the security practitioners from within IAMSP reflects both a clear commitment on the part of the university to assist in the formation of this critical plank in establishing professional status as well as our Association’s commitment to take on the heavy lifting needed to bring real and tangible credibility to this industry.

 Capt (ret’d) Ioannis Chapsos, Research Fellow in Maritime Security at Coventry University and 1st Chair (Military) at the IAMSP, welcomes with enthusiasm the official cooperation between the two entities. This is the first agreement of this kind on a worldwide basis; it bridges the existing gap in Maritime Security studies, and reflects the required interaction between the academia and professional bodies which is critical and essential in the sensitive maritime domain.

This program challenges the motivated individual. It is broad and diverse, global in its scope and requires the candidate to explore issues and ideas. This level of effort, its unique symbiosis between the academic and practitioner communities, and its broad scope will position the successful candidates clearly at the forefront of this industry.

 

Further information can be found through the Coventry University website.