Posted: 28th April 2017 | Written by: Securewest International
As we approach the start of the Mediterranean yachting season, it is important to be aware of the latest information concerning the migrant and refugee crisis to enable you to plan ahead. The Mediterranean Sea remains the main gateway to Europe for people escaping the economic and political turmoil of the Middle East and Africa, with thousands of people still crossing each month.
Posted: 24th June 2016 | Written by: Shawn Engbrecht
After several reports of ISIS operatives finding their way onto migrant boats, the question of basic weapons familiarization for crew has been doing the rounds. In the unlikely event of such an encounter it might be useful to know how to make a firearm 'safe' but, as you'd expect, the reactons on social media in the USA and the Med have been quite different.
Posted: 22nd May 2016 | Written by: Wayne Britton & David Summerfield - Securewest
The migrant issue is not a new one, nor confined to the Mediterranean, but recent events have highlighted the importance of preparing for such eventualities if cruising in areas where migrants might be encountered and your vessel becomes involved.
Posted: 1st April 2016 | Written by: Securewest International
In light of the increased number of terrorist attacks upon civilians, Securewest International has produced an aide memoire based on incident response procedures, offering practical advice on how to protect yourself if you are caught in the midst of a terror attack, civil unrest, organised or opportunistic crime.
Posted: 10th February 2016 | Written by: Captain Rod Hatch
The USA has not always been in a rush to ratify international treaties, with MLC 2006 and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea being outstanding examples. However, the USA pushed the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security) through the IMO in 18 months. Subsequent to the 9/11 attack by hijacked aircraft, the US objective was to protect themselves from a similar attack by sea.
Posted: 11th December 2015 | Written by: SAMI
Potential cyber-attacks have risen to become the third biggest risk for UK businesses, according to the Allianz Risk Barometer 2015. This is a pattern which is repeated across other nations, and while fear of cyber-attack is rising, many firms are still reportedly underestimating the impacts of cyber risks.
Posted: 25th September 2015 | Written by: Shawn Engbrecht, Cass Global Security
The arrival of commercial drones has been something of an understated affair. When used in a maritime configuration, drones are one of the most powerful security tools available, especially when fitted with real time video capability with low light capacity. What is NOT being debated is the game changing applications of the technology and how this will affect the yachting industry.
Posted: 1st September 2015 | Written by: Darren Winter
Human Rights at Sea, alongside 25 international NGOs, have jointly submitted a letter to the US Secretary of State, The Honourable John F. Kerry concerning the on-going issues of slavery and abuse at sea and abuse of human rights in Thailand that have resulted in Thailand retaining a Tier 3 rating.
Posted: 6th August 2015 | Written by: Ian Urbina/NY Times; Darren Winter/Solarglide
A New York Times article 'Murder At Sea: Captured On Video, But Killers Go Free' by Ian Urbina, discloses a graphic video of four unarmed men being gunned down in the water. Despite dozens of witnesses, the killings went unreported and remain a mystery.
Posted: 3rd August 2015 | Written by: Darren Winter
The final part of the Ocean Outlaw series (by Ian Urbina of The New York Times), highlights the role of organisations such as Sea Shepherd, to hunt down one of Interpol's 5 most wanted ships at sea.