Launched this week, BIMCO’s Guardcon* provides an industry standard contract for the employment of security guards on ships. In particular it addresses concerns over the relationship between the Master and the Head of the Security team on board a vessel.
Having demonstrated its compliance with the new Guardcon standards, Sea Marshals has become the first security company to obtain an insurance policy which complies with the new requirements. The company signed documents for the policy at the end of last week to ensure it was already in compliance with Guardcon before its industry launch.
Thomas Jakobsson, Chief of Operations for Sea Marshals said: “Sea Marshals has worked hard to make sure we comply with Guardcon. Guardcon gives the whole industry a standard contract when using guards onboard ships. It specifies many things that a security provider has to live up to and has set a minimum standard for insurance. This ‘minimum standard’ is much higher than most security providers currently offer but we are pleased to have secured insurance to make sure that we comply with all the regulations in the new Guardcon contract from the very first day.”
About Sea Marshals Ltd
- Sea Marshals Ltd provides armed and unarmed security teams for vessels transiting pirate-infested waters.
- The company owners have vast experience in the security sector and, as ship owners themselves, have insight to the issues surrounding the provision of top quality security services for the shipping industry.
- With its 24/7 Operations Centre in Cardiff, UK, Sea Marshals Ltd is fully licensed in Djibouti, Sri Lanka, Oman and South Africa for the use of military grade weapons and embarkation and disembarkation of security teams. In addition the company has its own floating base in the Red Sea from which it can service major routes.
- Through its sister company, Naval Guards Ltd, its owns a fleet of ex-navy ships operating as dedicated escort vessels to support missions and supply service to external security companies.
* Twice mentioned since yesterday in other articles including that of BIMCO and the other fom Holman, Fenwick and Willan