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Cyber Security Onboard - Know Your Suppliers & Vendors 

Posted: 19th Aug 2020

Written by: Richard Hodder

Experts have been advising for several years that the risk of cyber attack is rapidly increasing, with superyachts being an obvious target for hackers due to their value and high-profile status. Yet we still find complacency among yacht owners, crew, management companies and suppliers.  Read More

Protecting Your Privacy with Pelion Consulting

Posted: 9th Aug 2020

Written by: Karen Hockney

The recent Twitter security breaches have given many people food for thought on the subject of cyber security. “I don’t think people are fully aware of the extent of their digital footprint,” explains Richard Hodder of Pelion Consulting based in Palma.
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Mediterranean Migrant Update: April 2017

Posted: 28th Apr 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 gat... Read More

Basic Weapons Familiarization for Yacht Crew?

Posted: 24th Jun 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... Read More

Mediterranean Migrant Crisis - Planning Ahead

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 ... Read More

Personal Safety Ashore - Aide Memoire

Posted: 1st Apr 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, with practical advice on how to protect yourself if you are caught ... Read More

Safe Travel in the Age of Small Terror

Posted: 10th Feb 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 Facil... Read More

New Cyber Security Guidelines for Shipping

Posted: 11th Jan 2016

Written by: SAMI

A new set of cyber security guidelines has been launched for the shipping industry, the first such guidelines designed to assist global firms to tackle potential cyber attacks. These guidelines are now available to download. Read More

Is Shipping Underestimating the Impacts of Cyber Risks?

Posted: 11th Dec 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 risin... Read More

Drones: A Vision of the Future

Posted: 25th Sep 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 capabil... Read More

Global Trafficking - Letter to US Secretary of State from HRAS

Posted: 1st Sep 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 ... Read More

Is Sea Piracy a Mask for Rogue Security & Lawlessness at Sea?

Posted: 6th Aug 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 unreporte... Read More

A Renegade Trawler, Hunted for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes

Posted: 3rd Aug 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. Read More

Global Maritime Security: June 2015

Posted: 10th Jul 2015

Written by: Allmode

Allmode's latest global security report with a detailed piracy update, health advisory, security alerts and the most recent maritime intelligence. Read More

Regional Maritime Security: The Med & The Balkans June 2015

Posted: 10th Jul 2015

Written by: Allmode

Superyachts travel to many exotic and exclusive destinations around the world. However, the two main locations are the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Each year, the yachting community will migrate between these two locations bet... Read More

Global Maritime Security: May 2015

Posted: 11th Jun 2015

Written by: Allmode

Allmode's latest global security report with a detailed piracy update, health advisory, security alerts and the most recent maritime intelligence. Read More

Migrant Boat Encounter: Procedures for Captains

Posted: 25th May 2015

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch & Allmode Security

Following on from OnboardOnline's recent articles regarding the increased risk to superyachts of encountering a migrant boat, Captain Rod Hatch, Captain Adrian Croft and Allmode Security have produced a set of guidelines for yacht... Read More

Seas of Change

Posted: 21st May 2015

Written by: Peter Cook, CEO - SAMI

Terrorism at sea is not new and, whilst it is estimated that only 2% of terrorism attacks are classed as maritime terrorism, this figure doesn’t reflect the potential disproportionate impact that an attack at or from the sea could... Read More

The Rising Tide of Terror Facing Shipping

Posted: 19th May 2015

Written by: Steven Jones, SAMI/ theBridge

In the wake of the tragic terrorist attack in Tunis which killed a number of cruise ship passengers, academics, analysts and researchers have been assessing what went wrong, how can passengers be protected and the small matter of ... Read More

Round Table Addresses Cyber Security

Posted: 19th May 2015

Written by: SAMI / theBridge

The Round Table of international shipping associations (RT) comprising BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo and INTERTANKO are developing standards and guidelines to address the major cyber security issues faced by the shipping industry. Read More

Management Practices for Large Scale Operations At Sea

Posted: 18th May 2015

Written by: Allmode

The recent increase in migrant movement around the world and most specifically the
Mediterranean Sea has raised a significant safety issue for the maritime sector.
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Sequel - Migrants and ISIS: Proactive Measures

Posted: 23rd Apr 2015

Written by: Rod Hatch

Sequel to my OnboardOnline article of 21st April 2015 - On 22nd April included in its news bulletin a feature giving an update from MYBA regarding the Dryad analysis of 18 March 2015. Read More

Migrants and ISIS: Whatever the Risk, are you Prepared?

Posted: 21st Apr 2015

Written by: Captain Rod Hatch

Regarding Shawn Engbrecht’s OnboardOnline post of 1st April last, entitled “The Future of Yacht Security”: There is a fine line to be drawn between promulgation of identifiable risks following a considered analysis of facts and ob... Read More

STCW Security Awareness Requirements

Posted: 18th Apr 2015

Written by: David Goldie, Akula Yachts

Why am I still hearing about Superyacht crew attending the new STCW Security Awareness course - Proficiency in Security Awareness (PSA)? This course is NOT suitable for Superyacht crew and does not meet the formal STCW requirement... Read More

The Future of Yacht Security

Posted: 1st Mar 2015

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

It is not our modus operandi to proclaim, “The sky is falling” in terms of Maritime Security…it’s a poor sales model very much akin to the boy who cried “Wolf”. But there are a few intellectual table scraps that are worth chewing ... Read More

Security at Sea: Proactive vs Reactive

Posted: 22nd Oct 2014

Written by: Shawn Engbrecht

Security is awash with references to “Proactive” operations and bemoans the hazards of “Reactive” style security. Let me clarify the difference. Read More

Security at Sea: Commercial vs Private

Posted: 15th Sep 2014

Written by: Cass Global

Maritime security can be roughly divided into two segments: commercial and private. They are alike as chalk is to cheese and it is important to understand the few similarities and marked differences in their approach to security a... Read More

How Safe is Antibes for Yacht Crew?

Posted: 5th Sep 2014

Written by: Kitty Cavendish and Jo Morgan

As stories of muggings and violence circulate, it begins to feel as if crime, particularly targeted towards yacht crew, must be on the rise in and around Antibes. Read More

Regional Maritime Security: Thailand

Posted: 25th Aug 2014

Written by: Allmode

Is your yacht visiting Thailand this year? Allmode Security Services has compiled a full report on security, personal safety and local health risks to help you plan your trip. Read More

Crew Safety Ashore: Sobering Thoughts

Posted: 20th Aug 2014

Written by: Cass Global

For a long time the Caribbean has been regarded as the most dangerous destination for crew off duty, but the number of attacks in the Mediterranean is at an all time high. Read More


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