Secure a Ship Ltd has achieved the internationally recognised standard ISO 9001, establishing it as one of the leaders in its field.

This independent assessment was conducted by the leading Certification Body, the British Assessment Bureau and demonstrates our commitment to customer service and quality in delivery.

Secure a Ship Ltd has now earned the right to display the coveted British Assessment Bureau ISO 9001 certification mark to demonstrate its conformance to the standard.

ISO 9001 was first introduced in 1987 and requires organisations to demonstrate that they do what they say they do and that they have a quality management system in place to ensure consistency and improvement; leading to high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. Certified organisations are committed to continuous improvement and are assessed annually to ensure progress is being maintained.

Secure a Ship Ltd has shown that it has good service reliability and process controls which means lower costs for its customers!

Paul Maguire (Director) said, “We are particularly pleased to have achieved ISO9001 certification as it underlines our commitment to our customers and our focus on quality. Not many customers get to see their suppliers ‘back-office’ activities. This recognition demonstrates we can provide a quality solution from quotation to delivery”.

The benefits of registration to the ISO9001 standard include:-

Streamlining an organisations procedures.
Bringing consistency to an organisations service delivery.
Reducing cost and rework.
Improving an organisations management practices.
Enhanced status.
Competitive advantage.
Lower insurance premiums.

Secure a Ship Ltd has years of experience within the Maritime Security Industry and has grown steadily from its formation. It is now one of the most professional companies in the World and is expecting a positive result from their recent Panama accreditation application which would make them the second PMSC to achieve this.

PANAMA ACCREDITED AND A COST EFFECTIVE SECURITY SOLUTION PROVIDER

Panama Merchant Marine Circulars No.228 and No.245 (September 2016)

Secure a Ship Ltd has achieved accreditation for a maritime security company to work with Panama Flagged Vessels.

There is now an online platform to request the Letter of Authorizations of Armed Security Personnel. Requests for Letter of Authorization of Armed Security Personnel will be received only through the online platform.

UK-based Secure a Ship Ltd became the first maritime security company to actively seek out and gain official accreditation in September 2012 from the Panama Maritime Authority sanctioning the services of armed and unarmed escort guards on vessels transiting piracy high risk areas.

Secure a Ship were swift to act, following the recent change of law in Panama under which from 3rd October 2012 all Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) serving Panamanian ships must have official accreditation from the Panama Maritime Authority. Due to a lack of PMSC’s who got the accreditation Panama extended this to the 3rd January 2013.

Paul Maguire (Director) says “getting this accreditation early shows our strength and quality within the company, we welcome other PMSC’s into this exclusive fold. This also adds to our growing list of credentials of being ISO:28007, ISO18001, ISO14001 & ISO:9001 accredited, a certified Stage 1 member of SAMI and a member of SCEG”.

The stringent review process of the Administration was effected by two of its departments and vetted by a special board of experts from the Panama Maritime Authority.

With the new law, it is going to be easier for everyone, as all the paperwork will be with the authorities, and therefore granting approval for a team to come aboard can be achieved swiftly. This is a positive step by Panama in its aim of ensuring flexibility and good service to ship owners and operators and ensuring that reputable companies with sound infrastructure are employed on board Panamanian registered ships.

In MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.1 of 16 September 2011 the International maritime Organization raised concerns over the absence of applicable regulation and industry self-regulation, coupled with complex legal requirements governing the legitimate transport, carriage and use of firearms on ships. Further, it was said that the rapid growth in the number of private maritime security companies raised doubts about the capabilities and maturity of some of these firms.

With Panama’s new measure, any Panamanian accredited PMSC will have a flag state reference, proving to new clients and the industry that its operations and structure have been analysed by a competent administration. This promises to be an advance in aiding shipping companies to identify reliable, professional private providers of armed security.

Please see below the circular.

PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC243
To: Ship-owners/Operators, Company Security Officers, Private Security Companies, Legal Representatives of Panamanian Flagged Vessels, Panamanian Merchant Marine Consulates and Recognized Organizations (ROs).
Subject: Authorization for Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC)
Reference: MMC.228 MSC.1/Circ.1405/Rev.2 MSC.1/Circ.1406/Rev.1 MSC.1/Circ.1333 MSC.1/Circ.1334 MSC.1./Circ. 1443
Resolution No.106-13-DGMM
1. The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to officially communicate that on April 4th, 2012 was published in the Official Gazette, the Resolution No.106-13-DGMM, dated March 8th, 2012, whereby the
Panama Maritime Authority establishes requirements for the Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) to meet, in order to become authorized by this Administration. This Resolution will enter into force on October 3rd, 2012. This has now changed to 3rd January 2013.
2. This Administration encourages all Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) to comply with the requirements listed on Resolution No.106-13- DGMM to be able to offer their services of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels. For the English version of Res.No.106-13-DGMM.
3. The Applications from the Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) must be submitted to the Directorate General of Merchant Marine through a Legal Representative in Panama.
4. The Panama Maritime Authority shall not issue authorizations for vessels contracting services from companies which are not duly authorized by this Administration after October 3rd. In the meantime all authorizations to carry armed personnel will be issued following the guidelines listed in our MMC 228.

PANAMA MARITIME AUTHORITY MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC245
1. This Circular has the purpose to inform users, according to Merchant Marine Circular MMC-243, about the list of Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSC) authorized by this Administration to offer their services as Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel onboard Panamanian flagged vessels transiting High Risk Areas.
2. The Panama Maritime Authority has recognized the following company as PMSC:

SECURE A SHIP LIMITED.

3. Each Private Maritime Security Company authorized should notify by formal letter or mail and also submit the required documents to the Maritime Ships Security Department of any inclusion or changes in armed personnel or inventory of weapons, according to requirements established in Resolution 106-13- DGMM ; Article Fourth, Number Fifth.
4. This Administration encourages all Private Maritime Security Companies to meet the requirements established in Resolution No. 106-13-DGMM by October 3rd, 2012 as the latest, in order to get approval for offering their services of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel for Panamanian flagged vessels.
5. All Panamanian flagged vessels contracting Authorized Private Maritime Security Companies only need to submit Bilateral Agreement duly signed by PMSC and vessels representative and passport copies of Authorized Armed Security Personnel in order grant authorization from Flag State each time they need Armed Security on board.

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SAFETY4SEA: What is currently the biggest challenge in maritime security from your perspective?

Jakob P. Larsen: There are several important security issues on the agenda, but I think the single most important issue the industry faces is the piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. Judging from statistics, the problem has been escalating these past few weeks. This may be because we get closer the 2019 Nigerian general election, where past years’ piracy trend has traditionally been upward, for whatever reason.

Another important issue on the agenda is the developing situation in the Red Sea, where the conflict in Yemen occasionally spills over to the maritime domain. In this regard, it is important not to dramatize the risks to shipping. It is mainly warships and shipping interests with ties to countries in the Saudi-led coalition that are at risk. Other commercial shipping mainly face a smaller risk of getting caught in the middle of hostilities. Such collateral damage can be serious enough, but the risk is smaller and can be managed if following the existing guidance in BMP5.

S4S: Regarding piracy, latest OBP report unveiled that the situation in the Gulf of Guinea hasn’t been improved while Somalia’s piracy comeback is notable, after a five-year hiatus. What are your views with respect to the state of maritime security in Somalia?

J.P.L: In the waters off Somalia we have seen a small number of reports where shipping has been attacked, but we have not seen a successful boarding of a larger commercial vessel since the boarding and subsequent failed kidnap attempt on the bulk carrier OS 35 in April 2017 in the Gulf of Aden. Since then, apparent piracy activity has been sporadic with only very few incidents reported. The current low levels of Somali piracy activity is a testament to the success of the international cooperation on areas such as ship protection, naval intervention, arrest and prosecution and establishing of alternative livelihoods for would-be pirates. But this success is still reversible, and if we allow complacency to set in and remove all risk mitigation, it is likely that the problem will come back again in force.

S4S: What is the overall situation in the hottest piracy spots with respect to piracy figures? Is the number lower or under reported? Do you believe that there is a need for addressing the issue further from a regulatory perspective?

J.P.L: There is a persistent claim in the industry, that many piracy incidents especially in the Gulf of Guinea region goes unreported. If true, this may have something to do with the nature of the petroleum industry where safety and security concerns are typically higher on the agenda than in other industries. The positive impact this has had on safety and security records cannot be overstated, but in such a business environment, a company with a poor security record can eventually lose business, and this is unfortunately an incentive to under-report. More regulation is not the answer to this problem. Regulation is already in place which puts a reporting responsibility on the industry and on flag states. Rather, what is needed is a change of mindset so that shared reporting is seen as something that saves lives and benefits all, and that in reality, national or commercial interests will only rarely warrant that information sharing is restricted.

S4S: When do you think, we as an industry will be in a position to assume that the piracy threat is insignificant and why?

J.P.L: I am afraid that we will probably never get to a point where the piracy threat is insignificant. Human nature is such that there will always be criminals that try to prey on ships transporting valuable cargoes and seafarers vulnerable to kidnap. What we must do as an industry is to constantly improve our risk mitigation techniques. For example, I am sure that there are some low-hanging fruits to be picked when it comes to integrated security features for future ship designs. I am not talking about turning ships into fortresses, but simply remembering to also take basic security considerations into account during the design phase can make a valuable yet inexpensive difference. I hope that improved risk mitigation measures together with the previously mentioned change of mindset can help suppress the piracy risk even more than today.

S4S: What do you think should be industry’s priority to move forward?

J.P.L: Over the years, the industry with Navy partners have moved forward together in several areas. Together, we have come far in terms of developing guidance, sharing information and tackling specific problems like off Somalia. We should continue to strengthen this relationship and the joint efforts in a meaningful way, and importantly, we in the industry shall remain vigilant and not allow complacency to set in when things seem to be going a little better.

Jakob P. Larsen is the Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO – the World’s largest shipowner association with more than 2,100 members globally.

Secure A Ship are pleased to announce they have obtained ISO28007, 18001, 14001 & 9001 certification.

This adds to the approval by SHELL, CARGILL, MAERSK & EXXON.

We are also approved by Panama, Cyprus, Luxembourg and all convenient flag states.

Friday, but the attack was repelled after the ship’s armed security returned fire, according to naval officials.

The attack, which officials say is likely to be piracy related, was the first such incident to take place in the Horn of Africa region so far this year.

The European Union’s Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR) confirmed today that the MT Leopard Sun was attacked by two skiffs with armed men today at 0030 local time approximately 160 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

According to the report on the incident, the skiffs approached the MT Leopard Sun from the stern and fired shots at the ship, at which point the ship’s Private Armed Security Team returned fire with warning shots. The attack lasted approximately 20 minutes before the skiffs eventually turned away.

The 50,000 metric tonne chemical tanker was en route from Sohar, Sultanate of Oman to Cape Town, South Africa when the incident occurred.

EU NAVFOR has confirmed that the vessel and crew are safe, and they are in contact with the shipping company and the ship’s master to further assess the incident. The crew’s use of the full range of Best Management Practices (BMP4) as well as the actions of the embarked private armed security team (PAST) are being credited with saving the ship.

“It is clear the ship, crew and the security team demonstrated a very high standard of self-protection protocols in line with BMP4. The reporting of the incident to UKMTO/ EU NAVFOR MSCHOA was exemplary in both speed and detail, including the damage to the ship from gunfire from the skiffs,” the EU NAVFOR said in its report.

Following the attack, the Maritime Security Centre for the Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) issued navigation warnings and alerts to inform both mariners and merchant vessels in the High Risk Area.

“Merchant vessels in the proximity of the location where the incident took place have been warned directly of the existence of a potential Pirate Action Group (PAG),” EU NAVFOR said in its report. “EU NAVFOR and CMF together with military partners will continue to coordinate their understanding and response to this incident.”

The attack on the Leopard Sun marks piracy incident since the British-owned containership Ever Dynamic was chased and fired upon with rocket-propelled grenades off the coast of Somalia in November 2017. The suspected pirates in that case were later captured by an Italian warship, and have since been charged with piracy related crimes in the Seychelles. The six suspects, if convicted, could face up to 30 years in jail.

Further to the Maritime Security Alert regarding the hijacking of the Indian dhow AL KAUSAR off Socotra Island issued on 03/04/2017, the following information has been released:

Somali security forces have rescued the vessel off the coast of Hin-Barwaaqo village, located south of Hobyo.

The pirates reportedly abandoned the vessel after elders warned them that security forces are approaching and planning an operation to seize the vessel.

Only two crewmembers were found on board, with the remaining nine reported missing.

The pirates are believed to be holding the nine crewmember’s hostage on land.

03 April 2017, 0530 UTC
Description: A merchant vessel reported being approached by six light blue skiffs with five POB on each skiff. Ladders and hooks were sighted. The vessel raised the alarm and the armed guards took up position on bridge wings. After 2-3 minutes the suspicious skiffs aborted their approach. The vessel is reported as safe.

01 April 2017, 0000 UTC (time is approximate)
Description: A dhow with 11 crewmembers on board was hijacked off Socotra whilst en route from Dubai to Bosaso. The vessel was subsequently taken to Eyl coast, Somalia. The perpetrators have demanded a ransom and are reportedly still on board the hijacked vessel. Time and location are approximate.

Further to the Maritime Security Alert regarding a hijack off Eyl, Somalia issued on 24/03/2017, the following information has been released:
UKMTO confirmed the hijack of a fishing vessel. The vessel is believed to have been hijacked to be used as a Mother Ship for future attacks on larger vessels.
According to Reuters, the pirates released the Yemeni crew and Somali guard inland before disappearing with the vessel holding the cook, the captain and the engineer hostage.

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