for the 21st Century
Dynamic Threat Landscape
Before September 11, 2001, port security mainly focused on land-based threats – container and property theft prevented by perimeter fences and surveillance cameras. Today, ports are recognised as vital to economic stability, making them strategic targets for terrorists. In addition, terrorists, smugglers and organised crime become more sophisticated every year in terms of tactics and equipment. There are endless ways in which cyber-attacks can disrupt port operations as well as pose a threat 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 to be conducted by a recognised security organisation.
Experienced, Expert Team
HRM is owned, operated and supported by seasoned maritime security personnel, including former long-serving members of regional Special Forces. This unique core group maintains 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 threat. In a time of crisis, these alliances can be called upon to assist in rapid resolution.
Our consultants have the necessary skills, experience and local knowledge to meet our clients' needs in hotspots around the world.
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.
Assessment and Recommendations
HRM uses a risk-based approach to evaluate threats and advise on tactics and strategies to mitigate threats to our clients’ assets.
Our security professionals are qualified to evaluate:
Available security equipment
This process highlights any gaps or deficiencies in the client’s operation, should they exist. These assessments can be conducted onsite 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 complete 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 using experts to teach students in the best available training facilities. The HRM training syllabi are based on the most up-to-date industry practices and the qualifications recognised worldwide.
HRM is aware that clients are highly value-conscious, and so, when possible, classroom-based work will be undertaken in the United Kingdom or wherever it 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, shut down critical systems or steal proprietary intellectual property that can be sold to competitors. HRM implements and maintains cyber countermeasures to identify vulnerabilities and suppress these intrusions.
Barriers As part of the assessment process, HRM takes stock of existing physical security measures. Taking into consideration the balance between security protocols and physical barriers on one hand, and the need for workers to easily access their work area on the other, 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 training, on-site secure storage and maintenance protocols.
24/7/365 Monitoring and Quick Response The HRM Control Centre offers 24/7/365 security support for immediate response to port security issues. 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/shoreside 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 minimum harm.