Maritime Security - A Practical Guide for Mariners (1st Edition, 2024)


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by Steven Jones MSc BSc (Hons) MNI

NI Code: 0413
ISBN: 978 1 915488 01 5
Release year: 2023
Weight: 550 grams

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Maritime Security - A Practical Guide for Mariners (1st Edition, 2024)


  • Threats to seafarers, ships and maritime trade 

  • Shipboard security procedures and planning 

  • Piracy, stowaways and rescue of migrants 

  • Crimes and criminality at sea 

Masters, company security officers and ship security officers all play a key role in making vessels secure and watching out for criminal and other unwanted activities. This book is intended for those who have responsibility for the welfare of vessel crews, cargoes and ships. It covers essential areas including the evolution of maritime security, elements and implications of the ISPS Code, how to ensure compliance with legislation and insights into the rapidly developing area of cybersecurity. 

Masters and crews must balance complex demands placed on them by other people, ships and ports, often with little notice or warning given. Clear and concise explanations are given of the principles underpinning security processes around these complex issues, as well as guidance and advice on putting them into action. In particular, the difficult topics of piracy, stowaways and the rescue of migrants at sea are covered in detail. 

Above all, this book is a practical guide, written to serve as a helpful source of information and support for anyone facing issues relating to maritime security and keeping vessels, crews and cargoes safe at sea. 

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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