On the Maritime front this spring Newsletter reflects on some important aspects in the industry, some positive news, some sad news, and some congratulations.
The very positive news is that the Kraken police operation against illegal penetration of our coast lines and internal waterways, promoted very strongly by our Company Secretary Simon Smith, seems to be working in Cornwall. Illegal immigrants have been reported and apprehended, a boat impounded, and the boats crew prosecuted. Simon is following this closely.
The sad news is that Chris Jones RD (IPSA trainer, who has trained PFSOs for other IPSA members and was a preferred supplier to different government agencies), has ceased to provide Port Facility Security Officer training. This is due to the lack of demand and no great interest by the Maritime industry to try to establish higher maritime security standards complying with European standard EN16747 and the COESS training covering the ISPS code. He is still available to advise in Maritime investigation and arbitration issues.
We would like to congratulate two of our members for plaudits received by them
Profile has been providing security services for various ports in the UK from Scotland to the south Coast. In Scotland they have contracts in both Edinburgh and Glasgow and in the port of Southampton, they are proud of their contract with P&O cruises centered around the Ocean Terminal. In 2018 the latest addition to the prestigious P&O Cruises fleet sailed into port and it was “all hands on deck “at Profile Security. As well as looking after routine duties in and around Southampton’s cruise liner terminal, special security measures had to be put in place in preparation for Her Majesty the Queen’s visit.
Viper Maritime Security
Hampshire-based Viper Maritime Security (VMS) has won its biggest contract to date with a programme to provide enhanced passenger security for Brittany Ferries’ vessels at ports throughout the UK South Coast. VMS will ensure the security of passengers boarding the cross-Channel services sailing from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth on a daily round-the-clock basis. Teams of purpose-trained VMS staff will board the ships when they arrive in the UK and depart before sailings, carrying out embarkation security. Up to six ships a day will be given the additional security cover. The programme will extend throughout the summer season and follows a trial period last year when VMS staff were deployed in a similar role. VMS already provides shell door security on cruise ships as part of a range of maritime security duties.
Both Companies have been operating within a very tough political and economic environment due to Brexit pressures. They both present a very professional image with emphasis placed on good management, training and development with defined Service Level Agreements and KPIs to work to.
IPSA continues to stay abreast of the COESS and SAGMAS discussions in Europe and the Port Security situations in the UK.