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Cyber-Security in the Maritime Domain

The need to secure maritime communications has been recognized by naval and law enforcement forces for decades. The ISPS Code (Part B Section 8.3.5) made this one of the key requirements in Ship Security Assessments and required those conducting these assessments to possess knowledge in the protection of radio and telecommunications systems, including computer systems and networks. The on-scene survey covered in Part B Section 8.14 required the examination of operations and controls to ensure that ship security communications, information and equipment remain available. IAMSP is contributing to the advancement of this work through its participation on international working groups, assisting its members with achieving industry-recognized certification, and providing awareness materials and references on this issue.

Autonomous / Remotely Controlled Shipping

Advances in technology and the need to improve competitiveness is rapidly driving the shipping industry towards autonomous and remotely-controlled shipping. What does this mean for regulators, shipping companies and those that work within the maritime industry? Is the pace at which these advancements are being pushed to market moving faster that the industry's ability to grasp and address the risks that come with it? IAMSP continues its work to critically examine issues that will have a profound affect on shipping companies and their executives in its series of articles on this subject published in the Maritime Executive.

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.