Maritime Security: A Practical Guide


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by Steven Jones MSc BSc (Hons) MNI
NI Ref: 0341
ISBN 978 1 906915 45 2 (978-1-906915-45-2) (9781906915452)

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Maritime Security: A Practical Guide

Masters, company and ship security officers have a pivotal role in making vessels secure. This book is aimed at those responsible for vessel crews, cargoes and the ships themselves. It will help in the development of the ship security plan and explain how to make a vessel truly secure. Ships’ Masters and crew have to balance the difficult and complex demands made by other people, ships, ports and cargoes. Explanation is given of the principles underpinning maritime security and guidance on putting those principles into practice, including the ISPS Code, advising on management systems that will ensure compliance with legislation.

It is a practical guide – examining the ways to ensure there is no complacency in the execution of security plans, the use of armed guards and other issues of interest to all those involved in keeping ships safe from pirates, terrorists and other criminals.

Threats to maritime trade
Security planning
Shipboard security procedures
Making security work


Chapter 1 Threats to maritime trade
Chapter 2 Threats to shipping
Chapter 3 Evolution of maritime security
Chapter 4 Elements of the ISPS Code: roles and responsibilities
Chapter 5 Implications of the ISPS Code
Chapter 6 Security and seafarers
Chapter 7 Security planning
Chapter 8 Basic shipboard security procedures
Chapter 9 Security equipment
Chapter 10 Making security work

About the Author

Steven Jones MSc BSc (Hons) MNI is Maritime Director of SAMI, the Security Association for the Maritime Industry. He spent a decade working as a navigation officer in the merchant navy and was attacked by pirates while serving. After moving ashore he advised numerous shipping companies on security planning – spending years researching, applying and developing an in-depth knowledge of security and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

This knowledge has provided the basis for this publication and the accompanying maritime security suite of handbooks. He has also contributed articles to The Nautical Institute’s magazine Seaways and other publications. His primary focus is on the human element – particularly the ways and means of bringing security techniques and effective management to the attention of crews of merchant vessels, office personnel and ship operators. He has experience across the maritime industry, working for shipping companies, insurers, publishers and professional bodies. As well as SAMI he is the founder of the International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA). He is a Member of The Nautical Institute, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


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