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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.

 

 

IAMSP Launches eLearning Platform

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    IAMSP is proud to announce the next phase of its capacity for its members and the maritime industry in general. As of 03 September 2011, codes for IAMSP full and associate members will be available upon request. These codes will give them access to the eLearning portal at no additional cost.
    As an international association with a global reach, this eLearning portal will assist IAMSP members around the world by leveraging the internet and modern technology. These programs have undergone critical review by persons considered competent or experts in the areas concerned.
    As a result, our members will be able to receive familiarization-level training on a range of topics without the disrupt of travel, time away away from work or additional costs.
    This eLearning portal will provide the first IAMSP certificate, focussing on the following elements:
  • The Duty of Care
  • The theory behind the Use of Force
  • An introduction to the structure of maritime legal issues
  • An introduction to the various Human Rights conventions applicable in the domain
  • How the above are integrated into management
    As noted in several requirements, training associated with these topics is becoming more prevalent and required by the Industry. IAMSP decided as part of its efforts to raise the standards of professionalism within the industry and its core values of providing return on investment to its members, to make these modules available as an integrated element of its full and associate memberships. Further, for those companies that had submitted to or successfully passed the vetting process, these courses will also be made available to those companies permanent employees.These courses will be made publicly availabe in the near future through an eCommerce portal.
    This series of courses was initiated based on IAMSP's commitment to professionalism within the industry. A core element of this professional conduct is adherence to the principles associated with the appropriate protection of Human Rights. As a result, these courses provide a strong basis from which the security practitioner can build a comprehensive understanding of the various elements that integrate with human rights issues.
    The eLearning Portal is available at www.elearning.iamsponline.org. Full and Associate members may request their access codes (needed for the free registration) from either the President (amcdougall (at) iamsponline.org) or Secretary-Treasurer (secretary (at) iamsponline.org).
    Each module is followed by a short quiz of randomly selected questions that, should an individual be successful in meeting the requirements to pass, will result in the individual being issued a certificate clearly that he had passed the course. This certificate will also be retained in the individual's electronic profile for the purposes of verification.
    This effort has been the result of a detailed research process and the work of several members of the IAMSP Executive and membership. This collaborative effort on behalf of the Association and the industry is a clear example of how IAMSP is unique in providing credible returns to its members and the industry in general.
      Those interested in joining IAMSP, a truly international, professionally-driven Association for the maritime industry, are invited to visit our webpage at www.iamsponline.org

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