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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.

 

ASIS reaches key goal with PSC 1 and ANSI Standards

IAMSP congratulates ASIS International on the acceptance of the PSC.1 Standard for the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers into the ANSI system of standards. This achievement was a truly remarkable effort under the coordination of Dr Marc Siegel of ASIS International's standards development body that brought together representatives of foreign governments, the private sector, and non-government organizations. IAMSP, through the efforts of Allan McDougall, participated as the clearest voice representing issues and challenges within the maritime security domain, the largest group of signatories to theICoC. This participation is representative of IAMSP's concrete efforts and volunteerism on behalf of the maritime security industry, something that continues to be vital as these efforts (and others) move forward.

IAMSP recently put forward comments regarding the ICoC Charter, expressing significant concerns over its structure and a number of specific measures. As an Association, we continue to be committed to the intent of the ICoC and will continue to support the ASIS International efforts in the development of those standards supporting the Code. Our primary focus will continue to be ensuring that the intent of the ICoC to weave respect for human rights and similar considerations into the business practices within the private security domain remains in the forefront of the Code and its integration into the maritime security domain.

We will continue our efforts in representing the industry through all phases of these efforts, working collaboratively with the various groups and interests involved to ensure that our members, and the maritime security industry in general, is given appropriate voice in these important efforts. While we continue to represent various trades and crafts within the maritime security domain, this effort, and others like it, demonstrate our commitment to operate in a leadership role with other credible associations to the betterment of the industry as a whole.

Again, our congratulations to all the representatives that participated in the development of this standard and who have been active in subsequent efforts and particularly ASIS International for providing the leadership and technical means of moving this important effort forward.

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.

 

 

Use of Force Standard Released

    We are pleased to announce the release of our Use of Force standard to Full and Associate members. This standard includes guidance based on authoritative sources, the contribution of a broad range of Asset Protection and Security practitioners and has been reviewed independently by two legal experts in the field with maritime experience (both current members of the Bar).
    The standard includes guidance with respect to the following:
  1. General policies and principles
  2. Methods for assessing the suitability of armed services
  3. Sample policies upon which companies can base their own policies, standards and guidance
  4. Sample descriptions of chains of events leading up to the use of force
  5. A sample process for risk assessment and determining if arms are a likely appropriate in the operating environment
  6. A sample form for use in recording use of force incidents that has been reviewed both legally and by police personnel that have been involved in international investigations
    This standard was developed using a rigorous and well-accepted process that mirrors modern standards development practices. First, a call was put out for participants in the development of the standard and the applications were reviewed by the Executive to ensure that a broad community was represented. This community then worked to develop the overall standard which was, following its initial draft, circulated until a concensus was reached regarding its appropriateness, utility and clarity. With that draft finalized, a copy was submitted to each of two legal experts (both members of the bar) that were able to demonstrate significant maritime security legal experience. Following a cycle that reviewed and integrated comments from those legal experts, the document was finally distributed for final acceptance across the community. This rigorous approach assures IAMSP members and those using the standards that they have been subjected to appropriate oversight and review.
    Full and Associate members of IAMSP may request this standard at no cost from the Secretary of the Association at secretary@iamsponline.org. Please note that the standard may be released to those outside the Association for a nominal fee in the near future. It should be noted that this standard would meet the information requirements currently being promulgated as part of the industry's vetting of private security companies.
    On behalf of the Executive, we would like to thank all those that came forward to participate in the drafting of this document. This provides yet another demonstration of IAMSP's support to its members and the broader maritime community. We are currently beginning our second standard drafting process and will be issuing a call for participants in the drafting of the standard on the "Determination and Monitoring of Personnel for Suitability" in the near future.

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.