12.03.2016

Interim Guidance to UK Flagged Shipping on the Use of Armed Guards to Defend Against the Threat of Piracy in Exceptional Circumstances

   The present Guidance was developed in order to set out the policy of the Government on the use of armed guards on board UK vessels, the importance of performing full risk assessments prior to taking any decisions to their use, the circumstances under which shipping companies might consider use of guards, factors to consider and include in the contracts between PMSC and shipping companies, issues relating to the proper storage and handling of firearms, show how to produce a counter-piracy plan, command and control security teams, and, in general, provides readers with necessary information in this regard.

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10.03.2016

Maritime Security - An Introduction

   The present publication is a very useful reference book for people willing to qualify and validate the information obtained from the popular media about maritime piracy. It provides readers with a perfect intro to the maritime security and is equally directed to government officials, students and security professionals. The fundamentals of the commercial shipping are detailed in this volume. The author explains in a very clear and understandable language how the commercial sea ports function and how ships operate, what threats exist there and what security procedures and policies must be implemented in order to mitigate those threats.

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01.02.2016

What A Marine Surveyor Needs To Know About Working In Enclosed Spaces

   This book has been produced by Mines Rescue Marine (MRM) at the request of the International Institute of Marine Surveying. It serves as a technical reference for Surveyor personnel involved in entering enclosed spaces on ships for inspection purposes. I am confident that it will provide invaluable help for them to fully appreciate the potential hazards that an enclosed space may contain, or that might be generated by an inadequate entry procedure. The apparently simple operation, to enter, inspect and /or undertake work in an enclosed space, requires consideration of all available information relating to the space. This might be physical parameters, or procedural in the form of ship's rules, company guidance and details of a readily available emergency response. The professional manner in which this information is assimilated and assessed by the Surveyor prior to him attempting entry will reduce considerably the risk of the unexpected and avoid catastrophe! The advice and guidance contained here is based upon the considerable experience of MRM personnel operating and training others to work in such spaces in various industries. Equipment and techniques outlined here have been well tried and tested in real applications. Fatal accidents arising from work in enclosed spaces on ships continue to occur all too frequently. Do not let this happen to yourself. If in any doubt, there are others available who can provide advice to ensure your safety...

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28.01.2016

Ships Lifeboats - Analysis of Accident Cause and Effect and Its Relationship to Seafarers Hazard Perception

   Every professional mariner will definitely agree that the sea represents an inherently hostile environment in which the human is quite ill-suited to survive. However, the history shows great strides taken by the marine technology in order to control and possibly reduce the risks. Although the World's oceans will always remain wild and very unpredictable, mariners of today are not confronted by such hazards as poor nutrition, diseases and rudimentary navigation endured by their ancestors. Nowadays, they may immediately request aid and the reasonably expect of such assistance occurring in most parts of the planet. And, in the event of the total loss of a vessel, mariners have recourse to the same piece of LSA equipment as seafarers of old - the lifeboat. In the past, the lifeboat was the ship's workhorse used for ferrying personnel and various goods - they were also used as an aid to navigation, a means of propulsion when there was no wind, a rescue boat for men over board and a means of survival when all else was lost...

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14.01.2016

Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles

   One of the main objectives of this third edition of this book is to expand and update the information to the current practices of process safety management as well as technical engineering improvements which have taken place since the original publication of this handbook. The aim is to provide readers with a good understanding of fire and explosion problems at the facilities of oil, gas, and chemical industries; this book will be a nice and very useful source of general reference material for all people facing fire protection issues that can be practically applied; it shall also serve as a reminder for the identification of unexpected hazards that can exist at a facility. It is definitely a must have reference guideline for those individuals who are involved with fire/explosion protection and prevention.

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03.01.2016

A Practitioner's Guide to Effective Maritime and Port Security

   This book was written to analyze the set of factors that affect the security of maritime and port operations, including shipping, economics, politics, crime and terrorism. The author of the pubolication critiques current approaches to the security based on his experience of more that 25 years in the field. His intention is to provide readers with a set of tested and proven security recommendation that would recognize the interests and role of both private sector and government in improving security. The core components of the international shipping industry have been analyzed in the book and all potentioal threars to ports have been assessed. The author examined approached to the port security in the US, EU and around the world, and presented the basic principles for effective port and maritime security.

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17.11.2015

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times - Maritime Security in the Asia-Pacific

   In Southeast Asia, maritime security has, over the last 20 years, taken on much greater importance, due in part to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and its archipelagic state and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) regimes. Regional seas contain rich marine resources, major sea lines of communication (SLOCs) and a range of non-conventional threats such as piracy, illegal migration, arms smuggling and maritime terrorism. Economic development has provided the resources for maritime expansion amidst growing reliance on foreign trade and energy. There is greater dependence on long and vulnerable SLOCs in a region not without instability and the risk of conflict. Whilst military spending in Europe declined as a result of the peace dividend from the end of the Cold War, military spending has increased in the Middle East and Asia, reflecting continuing concerns over security threats. Much of this military spending has gone into improving and expanding maritime security capabilities. This emphasis on maritime security has resulted in new building programmes for the Chinese Navy, continuing investment in naval capabilities by India and recent naval expansion programmes by countries such as Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Competition for resources and strategic access may increase the potential for conflict in maritime zones, especially in disputed areas of maritime jurisdiction that may include SLOCs and choke points. Multilateral security cooperation is thus required to manage emerging security threats in both the traditional as well as the non-traditional domains...

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08.07.2015

European Training Manual for Maritime Security Personnel - ISPS Code

   The present training manual was developed and released by the COESS Working Committee Maritime Security in 2008. The mainly covered areas as follows - IPSC Code and legislation; Electronic security equipment; Checking persons and goods - inspections; Security plam - PFSP - corporate policy; ID documents; Recognition of weapons and ammunition; Communication and dealing with aggression; Dangerous commodities...

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