for the 21st Century
Before 9/11/2001, port security mainly focused on land-based threats; container and property theft secured by perimeter fences and surveillance cameras. These days ports are recognised as vital to economic stability making them strategic targets for terrorists. In addition, the sophistication of terrorists, smugglers and organized crime improves year-by-year in terms of tactics and equipment. Think of the endless ways cyber-attacks can not only disrupt the operations of the port but also the threat these attacks mean to the safety of workers and property.
Mandatory Security Assessments
In 2002, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) introduced a set of measures (the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) code under chapter XI-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) which established mandatory port facility security assessments conducted by a recognised security organisation.
HR Maritime Security Solutions
HRM provides comprehensive support for every threat and challenge confronting offshore oil and gas rig security.
Based on its own international standard risk assessment, HRM can provide the proportional staff preparedness training, defensive measures and proactive monitoring and support to quell any attack, be it cyber or physical.
HRM achieves the highest standards of service through rigid quality control mechanisms and highly selective recruitment.
Extensive Experience Background Personnel
HRM is owned, operated and supported by seasoned maritime security personnel including former long serving members of regional Special Forces. This unique core group maintain training staff, specially trained high-risk defence agents and professional assessment officers at the highest international standards.
By virtue of HRM’s extensive experience in maritime security around the world, close long-term relationships have been built with law enforcement and sovereign military in a number of locations prone to potential threats. In a time of crisis, these alliances can be called upon to assist rapid resolution. Our consultants have the necessary skills, experience and local knowledge in hotspots around the world to meet the needs of our clients.
Assessment and Recommendations
HRM uses a risk-based approach to evaluate threats and advise on tactics and strategies to mitigate those threats to our clients’ assets.
Our security professionals are qualified to evaluate the client’s:
Available security equipment
This process highlights any gaps or deficiencies in the client’s operation should they exist. These assessments can be conducted on site or via a desk audit subject to the client’s budgetary mandate.
Security assessments comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and are conducted using the recommended framework set out by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) guidelines with reference to specific requirements of contracting governments and Flag States.
Recruitment HRM can assist in finding the best security professionals based on global contacts and professional recommendations.
Management HRM is qualified to oversee the entire port security on an ongoing basis including 24/7 monitoring and alarm response, regular security drills and audits, security performance reviews and security/defence equipment maintenance.
Training HRM offers the highest training standards by having highly regarded and qualified instructors teaching students on the best available training facilities. The HRM training syllabi are based on the most up-to-date industry practices and the qualifications recognised worldwide. Importantly, HRM is aware that clients are highly value conscious and where possible classroom-based work will be undertaken in the United Kingdom or wherever is most cost effective for the client
Infrastructure and Equipment
Proactive Cyber Security One of the most vulnerable areas in port security is the internet and other communication networks. Cyber-attacks can disable defence alarms, shutdown critical systems or steal proprietary intellectual property that can be sold to competitors. HRM implements and maintains cyber countermeasures to identify vulnerabilities suppress these intrusions.
Barriers As part of the assessment process, HRM takes stock of existing physical security measures. Taking into consideration the balance on the one hand between security protocols and physical barriers and on the other, the need for workers to easily access their work areas, HRM is able to implement proportional improvements such as:
- Card/Key-coded door locks
- Security Cameras and motion sensors
- Razor wire and other access deterrents
Defensive Equipment In some situations, the need for firearms and other forms of defensive equipment may be required for the security of the port. In such cases, HRM provides not only proportional weaponry but also the training for use, on-site secure storage and maintenance protocols.
24/7/365 Monitoring and Quick Response HRM Control Centre offers 24/7/365 security support for immediate response to port security issues that may arise. The Centre features redundant communication links over terrestrial radio and satellite to provide:
- 24/7 telephone advice on threat and security matters relevant to vessel and crew
- Advance warnings of potential threats identified in intelligence reporting and piracy sightings/shore side monitoring of suspicious vessels
- Quick crisis response including defence/rescue operations and fire and emergency support
Confidential Discreet Service
Security measures are kept highly confidential between HRM and the client.
HRM is in the unique position of being able to offer both the industry standard International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code (SSO, PFSO, CSO, MSLO) training and qualifications, whilst also offering training for Security Professionals up to the MSO/TL standard. In addition, HRM has access to several Maritime Training Facilities, including one purpose-built facility in the Middle East and exclusive access to a military facility in South East Asia.
In all operations, HRM adheres to Health, Security, Safety, and Environment (HSSE) best practices in accordance with International and local laws and regulations. In addition, HRM is committed to customer-oriented transparency and ethical business practices. HRM’s extensive experience produces dynamic and appropriate responses during a crisis resulting in maximum abatement with minimal harm.