These are for formal standards associated with the maritime industry, existing or in development

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.

 

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.

 

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.