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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.

Trident Marine Security Operator Course Endorsed

IAMSP is pleased to announce that the Trident Training (Red Cell Limited) Marine Security Operator course has passed through the vetting and quality assurance checks to achieve endorsement by the Association. The checks that were conducted under the oversight of the President took the additional step of engaging a neutral third party for the purposes of review against the IMO Model Course 3.23 (Actions to be Taken to Prevent Piracy and Armed Robbery-2011 edition.

Additionally,the course was compared against many of the requirements associated with the recent draft of MSC 89 and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers. These elements that were specifically noted were on issues associated with human rights and the use of force.

We will be providing a link to this course in the near future for those who are interested in pursuing it.

We are pleased to add this course to our growing list of training being reviewed. The procedures associated with the review process can be found published publicly on our website in order to ensure transparency.

First Online Course Released

PROM DRESSES ukIAMSP is proud to announce the release of its first online professional development course, available as part of the Full and Associate membership within the Association. This course, the first of four, concentrates on the Duty of Care and is part of a series that is intended to set the baseline for professional conduct in the domain.

This training is intended to meet two critical needs within the industry.

First, IAMSP's offering allows its Full and Associate members the opportunity, without incurring additional costs, to demonstrate to the industry that they are willing to expand their knowledge and understanding with respect to professional conduct. This serves to meet the industry's need for a clear, verifiable means of determining the security practitioner's understanding of key concepts that can be traced back through common and accepted audit processes.

Second, this offering demonstrates IAMSP's commitment in support of its membership and the shipping industry, providing realistic, cost-effective alternatives to meet the shipping industry's evolving requirements. As a further expression of good will, IAMSP's Executive has also taken the decision to allow, assessed on a case-by-case basis, the release of the material to recognized and accredited maritime institutions as a tangible demonstration of our Association's commitment to building long term solutions to these challenges in return for proper attribution of the work.

IAMSP's commitment in this regard is to provide the industry, academic institutions, and practitioners with a cost-effective platform by which their members can broaden their knowledge and understanding of the maritime security domain. At the same time, these short courses will also be used as part of the Continuing Education and Upkeep requirements associated with the Certified Maritime Security Professional.