Measures to enhance Maritime Security
Working Group 1 “Measures to enhance Maritime Security – Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships” has been working on the following report items:
1. Development of the Maritime Security Manual.
2. Consideration of Periodical Survey to Ship Security Alert System (SSAS).
3. Guidelines for flag states and other authorities to assist investigators to collect evidence after hijack.
4. Development of guidance to ship owners, ship operators and shipmasters on the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) on board ships.
5. Implementation of counter-piracy measures, including Best Management Practices (BMP).
The Chairman of Working Group 1, Arsenio Dominguez, presents the finished report to the plenary meeting of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 89) on the last day of its 11-20 May meetings.
Of particular interest will be the drafting of “Guidance to ship owners, ship operators and shipmasters on the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) on board ships”.
This document has been developed by the IMO in conjunction with reference documents which included the document submitted by the industry – “Industry Guidelines for the use of Private Maritime Security Contractors (PMSC) as Additional Protection in waters affected by Somali Piracy (May 2011)”, which was submitted as MSC 89/J/5.
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