This is for guidance. Guidance is less formal than standards.

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.

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.

 

Training / Certification Framework- Armed Security Services

IAMSP is pleased to announce another milestone in our efforts to raise the level of professionalism within the maritime security industry. The Guidance on the Establishment of a Corporate Training Continuum for Ship Security Services provides clear and concise guidance to companies that intend to (or are) delivering armed security services on board vessels. With contributions ranging from the Executive drafting committee and with consultation held with experts in the field of training and development and industry, this guidance provides a clear foundation upon which companies can build the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience within their operator community.

The guidance can be found on our Standards page. The standard will also factor heavily in our vetting of training and will be integrated into aspects of our corporate vetting and upkeep program as well as being registered into our Quality Management system.

Minimum Size of Security Details – Guidance Released

IAMSP is pleased to release its guidance regarding the minimum size of security teams. This guidance, in line with that provided by the IMO when determining safe manning levels on board vessels, insurance companies that have worked to address fatigue issues in ship crews and credible maritime security organizations such as the USCG and others, is intended to provide sound guidance with respect to establishing the minimum size of the security detail needed to protect vessels appropriately.

The size of the security detail is most appropriately determined through an assessment of risk undertaken by competent personnel and taking into account the nature of the threat, operations of the vessel, the environment in which the vessel will be operating and the duration of the transit (amongst other factors). This guidance is not intended to provide a prescriptive standard that sets a minimum size that applies at all times and all cases and does not absolve those associated with decisions in this regard to exercise due care and diligence when making decisions. It is intended to assist in those efforts.

This guidance is part of the overall standards and guidance efforts IAMSP undertakes in support of its membership. Members will be able to reach the guidance through the standards / advice page. As the leading maritime security organization involved in the development of guidance and standards, particularly in the anti-piracy domain, IAMSP remains committed to the advancement of maritime security through this and several other efforts, including the lead Association currently involved in a formalized vetting process of its membership.

 

 

Use of Force Standard Released

    We are pleased to announce the release of our Use of Force standard to Full and Associate members. This standard includes guidance based on authoritative sources, the contribution of a broad range of Asset Protection and Security practitioners and has been reviewed independently by two legal experts in the field with maritime experience (both current members of the Bar).
    The standard includes guidance with respect to the following:
  1. General policies and principles
  2. Methods for assessing the suitability of armed services
  3. Sample policies upon which companies can base their own policies, standards and guidance
  4. Sample descriptions of chains of events leading up to the use of force
  5. A sample process for risk assessment and determining if arms are a likely appropriate in the operating environment
  6. A sample form for use in recording use of force incidents that has been reviewed both legally and by police personnel that have been involved in international investigations
    This standard was developed using a rigorous and well-accepted process that mirrors modern standards development practices. First, a call was put out for participants in the development of the standard and the applications were reviewed by the Executive to ensure that a broad community was represented. This community then worked to develop the overall standard which was, following its initial draft, circulated until a concensus was reached regarding its appropriateness, utility and clarity. With that draft finalized, a copy was submitted to each of two legal experts (both members of the bar) that were able to demonstrate significant maritime security legal experience. Following a cycle that reviewed and integrated comments from those legal experts, the document was finally distributed for final acceptance across the community. This rigorous approach assures IAMSP members and those using the standards that they have been subjected to appropriate oversight and review.
    Full and Associate members of IAMSP may request this standard at no cost from the Secretary of the Association at secretary@iamsponline.org. Please note that the standard may be released to those outside the Association for a nominal fee in the near future. It should be noted that this standard would meet the information requirements currently being promulgated as part of the industry's vetting of private security companies.
    On behalf of the Executive, we would like to thank all those that came forward to participate in the drafting of this document. This provides yet another demonstration of IAMSP's support to its members and the broader maritime community. We are currently beginning our second standard drafting process and will be issuing a call for participants in the drafting of the standard on the "Determination and Monitoring of Personnel for Suitability" in the near future.