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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/

 

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.

New Solara Configuration

    IAMSP is pleased to announce that Solara Remote Data Delivery Systems of Winnipeg, Canada and in conjunction with Evolutionary Security Management of Arnprior, Canada has finished its validation of its new configuration package for security teams using the FT2100 handheld device. The new configuration includes pre-set notification messages for security incidents and has also integrated the reporting requirements based on Section F of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers.
    As a result of this, field-deployed and ship-deployed personnel will have a simple, rapid means of sending initial notification messages back to their company headquarters. By using the pre-programmed messaging function within the FT2100, team leaders and companies will have a greater assurance that the message's date, time, location and content are accurate as intended. Similarly, the FT2100's 2-way texting capability will allow company headquarters to communicate quickly with the team leader who has sent the message. This allows the company to ensure that the team leader has the appropriate guidance and support in place quickly and concisely as the Solara system also maintains a log of messages sent.
    We are pleased to see this concrete progress being made towards the implementation of the International Code of Conduct and are proud to be part of the community that is bringing the intent of the Code of Conduct to fruition in complex environments. An official release regarding the specific configuration will be made shortly, as will an announcement regarding the upcoming testing of the SOLE system.

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.

Solara FT2100 Passes Evaluation Process

IAMSP's Technical Evaluation Team (TET) is pleased to announce that the Solara Field Tracker 2100 has passed the technical vetting process with a score that allows for the Association to fully endorse its use. The fully endorsed status, very rarely achieved, indicates that the FT2100 and its supporting management infrastructure passed in all categories of the technical evaluation test.

This test considered the Field Tracker from the perspective of being able to provide two-way messaging and location monitoring for security teams without having to rely upon ship infrastructure. As has been reported by a significant number of security companies, some ship companies are either unwilling or unable to allow for continuous tracking or communication to security teams. Concurrently, the equipment also allows for command centers to communicate across their full accounts, greatly increasing the security teams' ability to receive warnings of changing threat conditions.

The testing also remarks upon two elements of the FT2100 and its management. These two elements involve a safety feature that allows the unit to be more appropriate for air travel and a refurbishment project that significantly reduces unnecessary waste and environmental impact. Further details regarding these measures are available through the company.

The FT2100 is a real-time GPS tracking system that allows for two-way messaging through the Iridium satellite network and ensuring a global coverage. The equipment is fully portable and ruggedized (MIL STANDARD 810G) for survival in a range of conditions, including the maritime environment.

The unit is also supported by a control panel that is internet enabled through a secured portal, allowing control centers or other monitoring bodies the ability to track multiple units on a single graphic user interface and to coordinate a range of automated or custom messages throughout their full account.

Those that wish further details regarding the SOLARA Field Tracker 2100 are invited to visit the Solara website.