SAMI advises: Welcome to this edition of theBRIDGE, the quarterly magazine from The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI). This end of year issue finds us reflecting on the year passed and the security trends and analysis, but also to look ahead to 2014.
One key element of maritime security this year has been the ISO 28007 pilot study, in which private maritime security companies (PMSCs) have been audited. We look at some of the lessons learned and the landmark in this evolutionary process. Next year we will also be hosting a series of workshops, and will also be turning our attention to cyber and port security issues, and inside this issue we look at the threats and opportunities posed.
This time around we also address the potentially complex and contentious issue of firearms training, and the various options to ensure that realistic training can be provided, but which is within the scope of the law. Another key feature is the view of some universal foundations to maritime security. While many debate the various options, be it armed guards or other innovations, there are some key
issues which all security solutions have to address.
Across the year there has been much talk of the fact that the war against piracy has been won. Indeed as much as commentators warn against complacency there are definite fears that it may be creeping into the industry once more. This is an extremely dangerous time for shipping, and while it may suit some to overplay the successes against piracy, it seems the rest of the industry is not so easily fooled.According to a recent Lloyd’s List survey – a staggering percentage of respondents (70%) still feel that the coast of Somalia represents a risk to shipping.
As ever we hope you find theBRIDGE of interest and we welcome your feedback on any of the topics raised please email us, we look forward to hearing from you.
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