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The Nautical Institute launches ‘Maritime Security’ guide

11/29/2012

The Nautical Institute has launched “Maritime Security,” which it describes as a comprehensive and practical guide aimed at making vessels truly secure and creating a real security culture that works onboard and ashore.

Since the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code came into force in 2004 there have been significant developments in the training, information and products and services available to masters and to company and ship security officers, the Institute says. Security has become part of life aboard ship. During the same time, the number and sophistication of the threats to security have also increased.

Author Steven Jones MSc BSc (Hons) MNI explained that there is no room for complacency. Those responsible for vessel crews, cargoes and the ships themselves must continue to develop a security management system that actually works on board.

“People are the key to security and this new guide looks to develop the ways and means of creating a security management system which has the human element at its core,” Jones says in an institute press release. “It explores not simply the rules and lists of requirements but also the implications of failure and the steps to developing successful maritime security techniques.”

Publication of this guide is in line with The Nautical Institute’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2015, which identified maritime security as a continuing and major concern for the industry and particularly those serving at sea.

As maritime director of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, the primary focus for Steven Jones is to bring security techniques and effective management to the attention of crews of merchant vessels, office personnel and ship operators.

“Whether fighting pirates, stowaways or countering terrorism, true security begins when the Master and crew work within a system they respect, understand and appreciate,” Jones said.

In addition to a decade of onboard experience as a navigation officer, including a pirate attack, he has advised numerous shipping companies on security planning and has worked for insurers, publishers and professional bodies.

The book examines the threats to maritime trade, and to specific ship types, before discussing in detail how the ISPS Code came into being and its underpinning principles and requirements. Subsequent chapters focus on the practicalities of security planning, shipboard procedures and equipment, and how to make security work — including the use of armed guards.

In the book’s foreword, Efthimios Mitropoulos Secretary General Emeritus of the International Maritime Organization, commended the “dedication and commitment” of companies and sea staff and the “tremendous efforts” made to secure port facilities across the world to meet the requirements of the ISPS Code. He pointed out that “as seafarers are in the front line of maritime security” and shoulder the burden of responsibility for maritime security onboard, it is up to those working ashore to support them.

The book was launched at the SAMI members’ event in Dubai and will be followed by a suite of handbooks on specific security problems, such as piracy, stowaways and maritime crime. The Nautical Institute says it believes that all of these will support the development of a security culture that is based on excellence rather than compliance.

 


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