Archive for July 2014

ECONOMIES OF SCALE BENEFIT MARITIME SECURITY   Leave a comment

BY MAREX

Op-Ed by Lieutenant (Military Retired) Dave Daniel Rachimi, MBA/MBI, CEO of World MarSec Union Inc.

 

Officers and seafarers traveling around the globe know that traveling in and around pirated waters is extraordinarily dangerous and full of life threatening risks. Experience has shown that time and time again, missions are subjected to financial losses, human injury, and at times, serious casualties.

 

It is as important to realize that not all  private maritime security companies (PMSCs) are able to provide all of the resources necessary in all ports all of the time (namely weapons, ammunition, protective equipment, optics, medical support, firearms training, transport, insurance, and varying commercial flights). Not only that – but, unfortunately not all PMSCs conduct business with honor and integrity, and therefore, cannot always be trusted.

 

Four questions should come to mind at this point:

 

 * How do I keep my PMSC profitable and still provide a savvy first class maritime security service to the shipowner while operating under full high risk area exposure?
* How do I get fast and affordable equipment and port services in all 35 high risk area ports?
* How do I know who I can trust?
* When in a desperate situation, especially at sea in high risk areas, who do I turn to for assistance?

 

It is for these questions and more that I started the World MarSec Union three years ago. As a thriving yet fledgling organization, the Union is becoming an important and vital organization for all PMSCs and captains to consider joining for the following reasons:

 

1.  Money – the more PMSCs we have as members, the more money that can be saved with each of your missions because of group bulk package rates the Union can attract. The more we buy as a group the less you pay as PMSC.

 

2.  Safety – Each pending member of our Union is vetted for previous business dealings and reputation.

 

3.  Dignity – Being part of the union gives you a marketing advantage.

 

4.  Security – We give you the guarantee that if you can’t complete a mission because of any reason, the Union will complete the mission for you with your branding.

 

5.  Competence – Union PMSC’s tend to be better workers than non-union operators.

 

6.  Support – You have the opportunity for one-on-one direct Union board contact 24/7 365 days a year.

Each union member has the right to use, for a reduced fee, other members’ gear in a JV insured contract. After all, no PMSC can have gear all the time, at all high risk area ports, and networking in real time is a must in order to support your clients. You can get an idea in real time of which PMSC is present at which port and what gear is available there.

 

Union supported missions are run by mandate with coherent plans as well as being backed – if necessary – with alternative plans, that are ready at a moment’s notice to completely secure a ship and its crew.

 

Access to many ports has been a huge logistic and financial headache. The Union strives to comply with international and local laws and has worked with many governments to ensure that its member companies have all the legal tools necessary to carry out our operations.

 

Unfortunately there are many PMSCs that act outside the law. Utilizing unprofessional, unqualified and untrained operational teams will not only harm the industry we serve but taint the reputation of our esteemed clients.

 

Therefore, the ultimate goal of the Union is to ensure that all PMSCs use well trained disciplined and professional teams and adopt the same standard throughout our industry.  In other words, the Union also acts as a regulatory commission that oversees each PMSC to make sure similar standards of business are being upheld.

 

The maritime industry has seen, in recent years, a massive growth in port agents operating as weapons agents for PMSCs. Many have previously operated as chandlers and bunker agents, but the potential for high profits has seen a large number of unscrupulous agents enter the market.

 

There are no rules on which agent a PMSC may use at any ports. Many agents have adopted a cavalier attitude and act outside the law simply to ensure that they maintain a financial benefit. It is a must to have a single Union port agent in each port, qualified and certified by the Union which offers affordable prices to union members.

 

Many PMSCs also operate outside local and international laws simply to ensure that they win transits. The Union has adopted a proactive stance on this and maintains strict rules to ensure that their agents are operating within the law. The safety of operators and equipment is of paramount importance.

 

The Union uses bulk group purchases to obtain logistical services for PMSCs in each port with the aim of increasing profitability for all PMSCs and operators. It also provides first class affordable SAT phone services and non-lethal equipment.

 

A secondary, but nonetheless important, service is that the Union is also able to provide first-class 28007 standard services with the best possible equipment, optics, medical support training, unified battle drills and training.

 

The Union holds a good share of the PMSCs and agents registered across the globe. Today we support a group of 35, member and non-member companies.

 

By increasing our numbers as well as our scope of reach, the Union is at the forefront of positive change in our community and is becoming stronger day by day as it continues to oversee the safety, profitability and wellbeing of its members.

 

There is always strength in numbers.

MARITIME-EXECUTIVE.COM

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Posted July 31, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

FORCE TO TACKLE ASIAN PIRACY   Leave a comment

The Indonesian government is set to open a new Marine Corps’ headquarters on Setokok Island in Batam, Riau Islands province, according to a top Navy official. The Navy has already started to operate some facilities at the headquarters, as it looks to secure the Malacca and Singapore straits from piracy and other marine security disturbances frequently committed in the area. The headquarters has been developed within the last year to strengthen security in the border region that has high conflict potential. As an initial step, a total of 600 marine personnel will be deployed at the headquarters.

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Posted July 31, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

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Posted July 30, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

CHINA JOINS COUNTER-PIRACY PART OF HAWAII DRILLS   Leave a comment

ABOARD THE USCGC WAESCHE (AP) — China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world’s largest maritime exercises for the first time.

On Wednesday, Chinese sailors from the destroyer Haikou boarded the Coast Guard cutter Waesche for a drill checking cargo as part of Rim of the Pacific exercises the U.S. is hosting in Hawaii waters this month. The Americans played the role of a merchant ship carrying valuable paintings.

Coast Guard Lt. Gregory Ostrov, exercise safety officer for the drill, said the Chinese sailors were eager to cooperate and demonstrate their proficiency as mariners.

“It was a lot fun. It was a great opportunity to build interoperability and also share tactics and procedures and just observe the way they conduct the same missions as we do,” Ostrov said.

China will also participate in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. The hospital ship Peace Ark is among the four Chinese ships in Hawaii. China has four ships and two helicopters at the exercises.

Nicole Forrester, a former Australian diplomat and senior international relations adviser at Pacific Forum, a Honolulu-based think tank, said the exercises allow nations to understand one another better. This is critical, she said, to maintain the peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Misunderstandings lead to miscalculations, and miscalculations lead to escalations and escalations can lead to conflict,” she said.

Denny Roy, East-West Center senior fellow, said miscalculations are a real concern as the Chinese navy grows and becomes more active at sea.

“There’s a greater chance than ever U.S. ships and aircraft and Chinese ships and aircraft might bump into each other in the Asia-Pacific,” Roy said.

The immediate problem is developing protocol for navies to follow to prevent the accidental escalation of conflict, Roy said. In the longer-term, understanding one another’s strategic view of the world may help each side feel less threatened.

Nearly 50 ships, 200 aircraft and 25,000 military personnel from 22 nations are in Hawaii for the exercise. The drills began in late June and last through Aug. 1.

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SDCEXEC.COM

Posted July 29, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

Seychelles Coast Guard Seamanship and criminal investigation training concludes   Leave a comment

EUCAP Nestor has been training the Seychelles Coast Guard.The EU’s maritime capacity building mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, has completed the first Basic Seamanship TRAININGcourse for the Seychelles Maritime Police Patrol Unit (MPPU) and Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Training for the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG).

“Thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partners in the Seychelles, we had three trainings ongoing in parallel this week,” says Giulio Pirodi, Acting Country Team Leader for EUCAP Nestor in the Seychelles at the end of two of these training programmes last week. “The Coast Guard, Maritime Police, Air Force and all other partners, as well as our maritime and police experts are doing a great effort to make these trainings a success.”

From 23 June to 18 July, EUCAP Nestor provided Basic Seamanship Training to 9 officers of the Seychelles Maritime Police Patrol Unit.

This Basic Seamanship Training is the first of a group of training programmes tailored for the specific tasks and responsibilities of the MPPU. It was carried out by a EUCAP Nestor Maritime Police Expert in the Seychelles Police Academy facilities.

The objective of the training was to provide the MPPU with the basic maritime knowledge and essential skills they need to perform their duties at sea.
Theory was combined with practical training and focused on maritime technical issues such as coastal navigation, boat handling, communications, safety, boat maintenance and meteorology.

The Seychelles Coast Guard provided the logistical support for the practical training so that the trainees could receive the instructions on boat handling on board the Coast Guard boats. The course content was developed in close cooperation with the Seychelles authorities.

From 7 to18 July experienced EUCAP Nestor TRAINERS carried out a crime scene investigation and evidence handling training for 18 privates from the Seychelles Coast Guard.

The training took place in the Seychelles Defence Academy in Victoria, and is part of the 27 week basic training course for the Coast Guard that is being carried out since January, also with help from EUCAP Nestor experts.

During the two weeks, the trainees obtained a basic knowledge of forensic crime scene investigation, evidence handling, taking photos of a crime scene and taking fingerprints.

The course content was developed in cooperation with the Seychelles authorities. The Seychelles Coast Guard participated in the training by providing the logistical support, such as boats for practical training and classrooms within the Seychelles Defence Academy.

DEFENCEWEB.CO.ZA

Posted July 28, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

LAUNCH OF MAILING LIST FOR MARITIME SECURITY RESEARCH   Leave a comment

Christian Bueger & Jan Stockbruegger

Maritime Security research is an increasingly important area of analysis and research. Research has seen a considerable growth, not the least because of the strategic importance of regional hot spots such as the Arctic or the South China Sea and issues such as maritime piracy. Yet, many areas of scholarship and analysis, notably security studies, are only slowly recovering from seablindness. Understanding the maritime domain and how it can be governed will require more and better research. To respond to the growing demands for more cooperation and cross-fertilization between scholars and analysts working on maritime security related issues, piracy-studies.org has launched a new mailing list. You can subscribe to the mailing list here. Below we briefly outline the character of the mailing list and how it will be used.

Launch Email ListMaritime security research is a broad and trans-disciplinary field. It includes discussions on seapower, marine safety, blue economy and coastal resilience. A wide range of interlinked issues are part of it, including, but not limited to, interstate disputes, maritime terrorism, IUU fishing, environmental pollution, piracy, traffic regulation, energy security, port security, or food security. Various agencies are vital in maritime security. This range includes navies, coast guards, and maritime police, but also civil society, different development and humanitarian agencies, as well as the transport, resource and private security industry.

To facilitate collaboration and dialogue across the different sectors and domains of maritime security in different regional waters and the global oceans, subscribers are invited to join the list and use it to

  • Inform about recent studies, articles and books in the field of maritime security (including promoting their own).
  • Circulate call for papers and advertise events, workshops and conferences. These should be directed at or of interested for analysts and scholars in the field of maritime security and should be not-for-profit.
  • Raise questions on distinct research topics in the field of maritime security or invite to comment on a piece of work, such as a draft paper.
  • Point to major new policy documents and developments which are of general interest to the group (such as a new maritime security strategy).

Please circulate the list within your networks and invite other scholars and analysts working in the field of maritime security tosubscribe to it. If you have the feeling that this list does not support your work, feel free to unsubscribe at any point in time. Please contact Jan (stockbrueggerj@cardiff.ac.uk) if you have any questions or suggestions.

PIRACY-STUDIES.ORG

Posted July 25, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS

CHINA TAKES PART IN COURTER-PIRACY DRILL IN HAWAII WATERS   Leave a comment

China has been boarding ships looking for mock pirates and contraband as it joins the world’s largest maritime exercises for the first time.

On Wednesday, Chinese sailors from the destroyer Haikou boarded the US Coast Guard cutter Waesche for a drill checking cargo as part of Rim of the Pacific exercises the US is hosting in Hawaii waters this month. The Americans played the role of a merchant ship carrying valuable paintings.

US Coast Guard Lieutenant Gregory Ostrov, exercise safety officer for the drill, said the Chinese sailors were eager to cooperate and demonstrate their proficiency as mariners.

“It was a lot fun. It was a great opportunity to build interoperability and also share tactics and procedures and just observe the way they conduct the same missions as we do,” Ostrov said.

China will also participate in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise. The hospital ship Peace Ark is among the four Chinese ships and two helicopters at the exercises in Hawaii.

Nicole Forrester, a former Australian diplomat and senior international relations adviser at Pacific Forum, a Honolulu-based think tank, said the exercises allow nations to understand one another better, which is critical to maintain peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Misunderstandings lead to miscalculations, and miscalculations lead to escalations and escalations can lead to conflict,” she said.

East-West Center senior fellow Denny Roy said miscalculations are a real concern as the Chinese navy grows and becomes more active.

“There’s a greater chance than ever US ships and aircraft and Chinese ships and aircraft might bump into each other in the Asia-Pacific,” Roy said.

The immediate problem is developing protocol for navies to follow to prevent the accidental escalation of conflict, Roy said.

In the longer term, understanding one another’s strategic view of the world may help each side feel less threatened.

Nearly 50 ships, 200 aircraft and 25,000 military personnel from 22 nations are in Hawaii for the drills, which last through Aug. 1.

TAIPEITIMES.COM

 

Posted July 24, 2014 by rrts in -NEWS