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IAMSP Welcomes Corporate Participants

    IAMSP is pleased to welcome the next round of participants to the corporate vetting process. The Association is now entering its fourth month of the formal vetting process having subjected the program to both critical peer review and an external review by auditors and others in the evaluation community.
    This next round of companies will be benefit from a rigorous, detailed and structured process that will establish them in the forefront of the maritime security industry. The Corporate Vetting process offers companies the benefits of being able to take advantage of expertise within the Association, assistance in the establishment of an Association-monitored two year continuous improvement plan (as per ISO 9001:2008 standards) and the understanding that comes with being vetted by an Association with a truly international understanding of the maritime industry.
    For clients seeking the use of a Private Armed Maritime Security Companies, these companies will be able to clearly demonstrate the highest standards in the maritime security industry. They will also be able to demonstrate that they are supported by a truly professional community that has committed to their maintaining of these standards and in overseeing their operations. It should be noted that the Association does not charge a fee for the corporate vetting process, limiting its financial connection to the memberships within the company (with a reasonable cap on cost applied) and any arrangements made for consultative services between the company and members. Consequently, the Association can clearly demonstrate that it has no vested interest in the results of the vetting process, a step that helps assure its clients that there are no conflicts of interest or other factors that could taint the results.
    The Association bases its professional standards on the same principles as those held by the most venerable of professions--the medical, engineering, architectural and legal communities.

Second Tier Learning Platform Coming Online

    IAMSP is proud to announce the second phase of its eLearning and Distance Learning project with the establishment of the directed learning portal. While eLearning portal provides familiarization level training for those within the industry, the directed learning portal provides a forum where significantly advanced courses can be provided.

    Utilising internet-enabled technology, the platform will allow for courses that are run over several days to be coordinated and delivered around the world. These courses will include the ability to set a more detailed curriculum, integrate directed readings and research, facilitate discussions through video-conferencing, and conduct online testing. The platform is comparable to those used by community colleges and certain universities and their respective distance learning programs.

    Additionally, the system is being established to allow for the facilitated video-conferencing to be recorded, allowing for greater flexibility in recognition of those persons that may not be able to attend each and every session.

    Announcements for the first online-course offering will be made to Full, Associate, and Student members shortly. While this is currently available to members only at this time, we are currently working to expand this into the broader maritime security community.
    This is the second major gateway in our training and capacity-building project.

    The passing of this gateway provides another clear and visible commitment of the Association as the leader in the development of a truly professional maritime security community.

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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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.

ISSG Achieves Provisional Endorsement

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    IAMSP is pleased to announce that ISSG Holdings has passed through the first phase of the Association's corporate vetting process. The first phase involves demonstrating (through documentation review, interview and observation) that the baseline requirements of the vetting process have all been met or are in the final phase integration.
    These commitments are based on three principles--quality assurance, values and ethics, and sound management. Quality Assurance is measured against the requirements of the International Organizations for Standardization (ISO), taking into account the specific operations of the company. The second criteria, values and ethics, are measured against the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and supporting / parallel requirements. The third is based upon the requirements derived from the guidance provided by the IMO MSC 1/Circ 1405. Specific details regarding the standards used in the vetting are available by contacting the President of IAMSP.
    The first phase is considered completed when the company agrees to mapping out a two year commitment to continuous improvement--demonstrating its ongoing commitment to the requirements described in the vetting process. These commitments are broken down into six month benchmarks that are overseen by the Association, ensuring that the company maintains its commitments over time.
    This corporate vetting process reflects IAMSP's commitment to assisting the maritime industry in identifying organizations that have made significant and tangible commitments to sound practices within the maritime security domain. It also demonstrates our commitment to the maritime security industry to assist them in achieving and maintaining the highest of professional standards.
    The following information is pertinent to this statement:

  1. Status: Provisional (on entry into program)
  2. Next full review: February 2012 (in addition to monitoring)
  3. Name: ISSG Holdings Ltd
  4. File Number: 2011-08-001P (upon successful completion of six month review, will be amended to 2011-08-001F)
  5. Logo Verification: Name and file number must appear in center of logo over globe.
  6. Documentation verification: Copy of official document available upon request through provider
  7. Electronic: Electronic copy requested from IAMSP will be digitally signed.