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.



MSB Group Oversight Project Update

We are pleased to announce that the MSB Group Ltd project has completed its pilot project and passed its oversight markers. The MSB Group is a coalition of likeminded states and private entities that have come together to offer a clearly legal and supported logistical structure. IAMSP, as the senior community of maritime security professionals available at the inception of the project, was invited to provide independent oversight. At this point in time, the various members of the groups have asked for time to prepare their own statements with respect to their specific participation in the launching of this program. We are pleased to have been able to contribute to this important exercise and look forward to the next phase and implementation.

IAMSP Submits MSC.1/Circ 1405 Comments

    IAMSP is pleased to announce that it has submitted its comments regarding MSC.1/Circ 1405. The document, while generally sound and providing valuable guidance, was reviewed by a number of members and the Executive of IAMSP. The result of significant discussions, research and other activities resulted in nearly eleven pages of qualitative comments being submitted to the International Maritime Organization for its consideration.
    Drawing upon a community that includes master mariners, operators, certified security professionals, members of regulatory and oversight bodies, the comments identify many strengths and potential areas of improvement in the document given the challenges faced by the maritime security community today. The intent of putting these challenges forward is to ensure that the guidance provided yields the best possible results for the maritime industry and ensures that IAMSP's members are fairly and appropriately represented.
    This effort is one of the tangible ways that IAMSP supports its membership--by assisting the providing a voice to its members on such important topics.
    Full, Associate and Student members seeking a copy of the document submitted to IMO may request it through either the President or the Secretary / Treasurer of the Association.The document may also be made available through the website to members only in the near future.

IAMSP Membership Identified in Bahamas Bulletin 128

IAMSP is pleased to inform those seeking to practice or practicing within the realm of armed security on board vessels that its membership has been accepted as one of three named organizations that can be used to assist in the verificationof professional standing accepted by the Bahamas Maritime Authority. This recognition is based upon our support for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.

IAMSP commits to ensuring that the following three principles are maintained in this effort:

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  • To maintain this status for as long as reasonable and for as long as it does not conflict with the principles defined in the Code of Practice;
  • To ensure that this status is not abused through overpricing its memberships for persons seeking to join the Association, maintaining our core principles that professionalism is based upon competence, compliance and conduct and not the ability to pay; and
  • To establish a clearly defined method for those members to both self-assess their level of adherence to the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and to assist them in preparing for oversight activities (such as audits) that may result from the requirement to adhere to the written letter and principles of the Code.

For those that are seeking to meet this requirement and believe that they can achieve the highest professional standards, please feel free to contact us or visit the website for further details.