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08/11/12 Floating Armouries 2 – Cross-Jurisdictional Movements?

As anyone who has read my previous Blog entitled ‘Floating Armouries’ (03/08/12) will know I reported then that BIS (the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) had informed us as part of our Compliance visit that the use of Floating Armouries by PMSCs was not acceptable under BIS rules. I have just returned from [...]

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01/10/12 ‘I don’t like it, it’s too quiet…’

‘I don’t like it, it’s too quiet’ is a well-worn phrase in action movies. It is usually spoken by a minor character in a film just before an attack begins, out of which the minor character may or may not emerge unscathed. It is true that the HRA has enjoyed a relatively quiet summer. This [...]

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20/09/12 Armed Guards are making the difference

The use of armed guards by commercial vessels has been increasing over the last year or two. More and more vessels crossing the High Risk Area (HRA) are turning to the use of armed guards to supplement naval efforts in the region. Now an article by ‘The Telegraph’ online has identified the clear success of [...]

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14/09/12 Spirit awarded ISO 9001

Spirit Security Services are pleased to announce certification of ISO 9001:2008.  The process involved a comprehensive assessment of the company’s Quality Management System to ensure that the necessary standards were met. This concluded with a third party audit undertaken by maritime security specialists MSS Global.  Spirit would like to thank the MSS Global team for their advice [...]

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30/08/12 Reduced K&R Insurance Costs

Although the carriage of armed guards does come at a cost it still represents the most effective way to protect your vessel while it is transiting the HRA. In addition to the guards it is important to ensure that the vessel, and in particular its crew, are covered by K&R Insurance should the worst happen. [...]

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03/08/12 Floating Armouries

We underwent our BIS Compliance Visit last week as part of the requirements of holding a UK Trade Control Licence such as the OGTCL (Maritime Security). Given the nature of the items being controlled (i.e. weapons and associated equipment) it is not surprising that such a visit is a detailed affair. I am pleased to [...]

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20/07/12 Spirit Director gains his LLB

Spirit Security Services Limited is proud to announce that its Commercial Director, Alan Taylor, has recently graduated from Edge Hill University with his Qualifying LLB Law. After five years of studying part-time Alan graduated on Tuesday with a First Class Bachelor Of Laws Honours Degree. Alan combined his studies with his business role for his [...]

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19/06/12 Shots fired

Last year commandos retaking a vessel that had been highjacked by pirates fired several hundred rounds. As their efforts were targeting at the pirates many of these rounds fell on the vessel itself. It is difficult to imagine how the crew felt to be part of such a fire-fight. In contrast it was reported yesterday that [...]

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31/05/12 SAMI, SCEG, ICoC, IMO 1405, ISO..what does (should?) it all mean?

A common thread running through last week was the accreditation (read ‘control’?) of Maritime Security companies. SAMI presented to the IMO on the Monday, the ICoC held a ‘discussion group’ at the FCO on Wednesday and new guidelines emerged from the IMO MSC on Thursday. So where are we? Someone said to me at a [...]

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22/05/12 SOLAS v RUFs – Maritime Security’s ‘Kobayashi Maru’?

There is a natural nervousness among shipping companies regarding the use of armed guards on their commercial vessels. With the ongoing threat of piracy in the Indian Ocean, and the continued rise of attacks off the coast of W. Africa the need to protect such vessels is, unfortunately, ever more apparent. When selecting your PMSC [...]

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21/05/12 Direct routing with guards on board?

One of the potential benefits of carrying armed guards on board is the freedom it gives a vessel to choose whichever routing is the most optimal. Combine the guards with a Risk Assesment of the anticipated pirate activity as provided by companies such as Dryad (http://www.dryadmaritime.com/route-risk-assessment-registration/) and there would seem to be a compelling case for [...]

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18/05/12 Spirit embraces GUARDCON compliance

On 28th March 2012 The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) published its standardised contract for Private Maritime Security Companies (PSMC’s) to provide armed/unarmed security services on board merchant vessels. GUARDCON was formulated in consultation with ship owners and operators, Flag States, Governmental agencies, insurance groups and PMSC’s. Part of its rationale was to address [...]

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