Systemic Maritime Resilience
The current situation
- There has been a perceived increase in piracy, violence and maritime crime , not least but not exclusively in the Middle East which has led to considerable nervousness in the market.
- There has been a downturn in shipping rates and movements but an increase in the need for proper anti-piracy training as an adjunct to the current ISPS Training.
- Because of the current situation there has been a surge in demand for Maritime Security advice and services, including the services of on-board operatives.
- The ISPS Code has overall been highly successful, however it does not go far enough, in a practical sense, in ensuring that Masters, crews or Company Security Officers's have proper training and therefore now needs to be strengthened appropriately in view of the current situation.
Why is Systemic Resilience essential?
Resilience is a term from systems theory and refers to the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and still retain its basic function and structure. You can think of a system, whether it is a company, a government, a ship, an operational unit, or a society, as a having the ability to absorb internal and external stresses and still rebound to its original form, or continue to develop and survive.
During the past 18 months it has become abundantly clear to everyone dealing with finance, business and government that many organizations lack the capacity to rebound, or even survive.
Idarat believes that by the application of the principles of systemic resilience in any situation, including vessel and port security, that it is possible to avoid problems, to continue operations in difficult circumstances, and to survive.
in the news: Somalia
To actually hijack the ships, the pirates first use grappling hooks and irons - some of which are even rocket-propelled - and climb aboard using ropes and ladders. The pirates have also on occasion fired at the ships to scare them into stopping, so it is easier for them to board the vessel.
The pirates then sail the hijacked ship to the Somali pirate hub town, Eyl. There, pirates usually take the hostages ashore where they are normally well-looked after until a ransom is paid.
The BBC, 9 Jan. 2009
Ship owners require resilience, not merely security
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Maritime Systemic Resilience
Idarat believes that the solution to the problem of maritime security is NOT a military one, we do not permit our operatives to carry firearms, nor do we focus on confrontation.
In our opinion a SYSTEMIC response means that we look at ALL aspects of security in order to ensure the RESILIENCE of the vessels or rigs being protected.
- audit and preparation of the vessel,
- training of the crew,
- assistance to the Master and ship's officers,
- enhanced watch-keeping,
- deterrence and (only when all else has been tried)
- the physical prevention of boarding by using non-lethal equipment operated by trained maritime security operatives.