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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.

 

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/

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Zeus Maritime Security Services S.A.

IAMSP is proud to announce that Zeus Maritime Security Services S.A. has met or exceeded all the requirements associated with the Provisional Endorsement standard. These requirements include requirements defined under ISO 9001:2008 as published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the major elements of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers as published by the Swiss Government, and the requirements as described in MSC 1 / Circ 1405. These standards were verified through a combination of document review, interviews, and on site observation. Zeus Maritime Security Services S.A. is authorized to use the mark associated with Provisional Endorsement, the mark bearing the company's unique serial number 2011-11-001P.