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/

 

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.

Viral Video

As many are aware, a viral video has circulated that shows a number of security personnel on board a commercial vessel engaging small craft in a manner that is, at best, questionable in terms of Rules on the Use of Force. IAMSP received the link to this video as well as expressions of concern regarding its content. The intake process concluded that there was sufficient information to warrant concern and the launching of an investigation into the issue. At that point, the parties involved had not been identified.

Since the conclusion of the intake process, IAMSP has gathered significant details regarding the video. As part of this process, however, IAMSP has concluded that the nature of events portrayed in the video (if, in fact, they did occur) warrant the attention of the appropriate flag state law enforcement and not an administrative investigation. IAMSP is concluding its initial fact finding and will defer to decisions that come out of any subsequent legal actions and is stepping back from the investigation process as such an investigation belongs firmly with the appropriately delegated flag state authorities.

IAMSP is also calling upon other members of the maritime security community to cooperate with requests from law enforcement on this issue and not to attempt to conduct their own parallel investigations or inquiries without the approval and knowledge of any assigned flag state investigative authority as such actions may taint the investigation.