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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 Seminar in Philadelphia

Allan McDougall will be presenting at the ASIS International seminar being held in Philedelphia on current works on anti-piracy. The ASIS International conference is one of the top flight gatherings of professional security practitioners and draws from around the world. This is part of our efforts that have had us working with a range of research and development projects in the anti-piracy domain, a significant plank in the maritime security domain.

Update on ICoC – ANSI / ASIS International Efforts

For those who have been following the progress of this effort, the ANSI / ASIS International effort is moving towards its final goals of having a comprehensive suite of standards for the implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and maritime guidance. These standards, once completed and published, will provide a clear framework within which companies can demonstrate their compliance and adherence with the written requirement and intent of the ICoC using already-existing practices within the audit and evaluation community. We are proud to have been involved in all eight of these working groups over the past year, representing both our members and the maritime security community in this ground-breaking exercise.

Online Store for Standards

As part of our efforts to raise the standards of professionalism within the maritime security domain and to support our members, we have launched our online store for standards. While our full and associate members have access to standards produced by the Association, we recognize that these standards may be of significant benefit to companies or other entities that are facing the same challenges. We also recognize that these standards come into being through the efforts of many of our members who volunteer their time to help produce them. Consequently, we offer these standards at a reasonable price that is comparable or even slightly less than they would normally be made available for elsewhere.

At present, our first run of standards is available. These will soon be supplemented by additional standards that will help companies meet a range of challenges expected in the near future. We encourage you to visit the store at http://store.iamsponline.org/ periodically to check for these updates.

We have also linked to several reputable bookstores that carry maritime security books. While IAMSP does not currently have any official link to these stores, the stores do carry information that may be of interest or value to those seeking to raise their understanding or broaden their perspective of maritime security.