21st Century Risk
Analysis and Threat Abatement
Coastal and Offshore Threats On
On the High Seas
From the beginning of sea travel, piracy has been a threat. Today, piracy has become more sophisticated in terms of tactics and weaponry. In addition, poverty and political instability have been the incentive and the means respectively for the growth of several High Risk Areas (HRA) and the spread of hit-and-run attacks across the globe on the high seas. To combat these threats effectively, crews need to be prepared not only with proper training and procedures, but also potent on-board defences, advanced monitoring and, in some cases, special forces-trained security personnel.
Offshore Platforms, Ports and Other Littoral Facilities
These days offshore platforms, ports and other littoral facilities 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 or oil rig but also the threat these attacks mean to the safety of workers and property.
The first step in combating these threats is to perform a through in-depth assessment of the current security status in order to identify security vulnerabilities and institute further measures to ensure the highest, most cost-effective protection for vessels, littoral facilities and personnel.
The Comprehensive HRM Risk-Based Assessment Approach
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:
Security preparedness of crews, staff and employees
Available security equipment
Crisis response mechanisms and protocols
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.
HRM’s season security assessors and auditors come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds to support a 360-degree risk view ranging from aspects of corporate due diligence and vulnerabilities with suppliers and contractors to every aspect of current political stability and of course, how well the ship, fleet or port is physically protected. In order to address the rapidly evolving threats from cyber-attacks, HRM has committed substantial resources to stay ahead of the hackers. The cyber analysis not only identifies current communications vulnerabilities but also anticipates upcoming potential future threats and makes recommendations accordingly.
Based on the in-depth 360 analysis, HRM produces a custom security dossier outlining the current state of security preparedness as well as highly detailed recommendations with ROI analysis, where applicable, for security budget planning.
The dossier qualifies the impact of:
- Piracy Terrorism
- Local laws & customs
- General country information
The initial security assessment and the security dossier is just the first step in on-going security audits and real-time monitoring and support:
- Biannual General Security Assessments highlight high risk/trouble spots and advise on locations/routes to avoid or, if unavoidable, recommendations on the required increase in vessel security to allow safe passage.
- Periodic Piracy Updates relevant to vessels according to their area of operation and general trends
- 24/7 telephone advice on threat and security matters relevant to vessel and crew, port or offshore platform
- Shore side monitoring of vessels in high risk areas with reporting procedures and duress code words
- Crew and employee security training and performance evaluation
- Recruitment and staffing of specialised security professionals if needed
- Consultation and advice on state-of-the-art security equipment, installation, operation and maintenance