OTC 2015: IMCA issues maritime security guidelines

Offshore staff

HOUSTON – The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has released for the Offshore Technology Conference a new guidance on maritime security. The “Security Measures and Emergency Response Guidance” addresses piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats.

Further, the guidance covers general security and security levels; ship protection measures; STCW security training requirements; risk assessment; building security measures; and cyber security measures.

“Safety is of paramount importance, and our document aims to provide guidance to masters, company and ship security officers, and other crew members and staff, on security measures and emergencies onboard vessels when underway, at anchor or alongside in their own or another country, and also for staff in shore side offices,” explains IMCA’s technical director, Jane Bugler.

“It is intended to reinforce and support existing company and vessel security procedures or provide a framework around which these can be developed where they are not yet in place, such as for new build vessels.

“The guidance is based on a ‘layered defense’ philosophy which embraces the concept of using a number of different but collaborative and co-ordinated security measures to deal with security threats proportionately and effectively.”

5/6/15

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