International port security tightened amid piracy threats


Neptune Maritime Security is stepping up its services to meet the rising demand for port security, and to combat increasingly sophisticated threats to ports worldwide.

The Private Maritime Security Company's (PMSC) action comes as owners and operators face a growing complexity of risks from piracy and maritime crime, as well as organised crime syndicates, some of which feed into terrorist networks.

Neptune has used a comprehensive range of services to strengthen its safety and security provision in order to support the identification, management and mitigation of business risks.

These include vessel and facility security surveys, consultancy services, bespoke risk assessments, staff training, emergency response plans, and armed security.

Business development manager of Neptune Maritime Security Jeremy Johnson said: “The threat from pirates and well-organised criminal syndicates is becoming increasingly sophisticated.

“Their reach stretches across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, as well as parts of North and South America to pose a potential threat for executives, operators and owners in a range of maritime sectors, including ports, offshore and the cruise market.

“As a trusted and professional PMSC, we continue to develop and deliver safety and security services tailored to the protection of the maritime community as regional threats and global hazards evolve.

“Protection by prevention is key in the effective management and mitigation of risk, whether it is at sea, in port, in onshore and offshore environments.”

According to the latest industry figures, there have been 129 reported incidents of maritime crime so far in 2014 in the AMEA region.

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