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.

 

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.

 

Welcoming Mr. George Pateras

The Association welcomes Mr. George Pateras to the position of Chair (2nd for Industry). He brings over 20 years of experience from various Ship-owner Associations and Shipping Chambers. This includes holding positions as a permanent advisor to the Hellenic Ministry of Defense, the Chairman of the TG (OS), the Chairman of Hellinikes War Risk Association and the Chairman of the Bahamas Shipowners' Association (including as the representative to the International Chamber of Shipping). This is in addition to a significant academic background in Marine Engineering, Naval Architecture and Supply Chain and Shipping Management

As the chair representing industry, Mr. Pateras provides  the Association with valuable insight and context within which maritime security operates and plays a key role in guiding the focus of the Association from the industry's perspective.

For more information, please visit our Executive biographies page at http://iamsponline.org/about/executive/biographies/