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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

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

Fire Retardancy: 15 Minute Safety Challenge

Posted: 5th Jan 2016

Written by: Jane Innes

To watch a beautiful vessel being destroyed by fire is not pleasant. Recent images of te incident in Marmaris are a chilling reminder of the power and devastation fire can cause. No doubt in the coming weeks we will learn more a... 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

The Human Element in Shipping: Working with Others

Posted: 8th Dec 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfield

What happens when a pilot with 26 years of experience, 10 Chinese crew and a newly delivered 900 TEU vessel meet the San Francisco Bay Bridge? Right - a case study about how humans cooperate with each other, the closure of 27 publ... Read More

Flame Retardancy - Myth Busting

Posted: 10th Oct 2015

Written by: Flamescreen

For some, flame retardancy is not something they are familiar with, so Flamescreen want to share some myth busting questions and answers from enquiries we have received over the years. Read More

The Human Element in Shipping - Fatigue and Stress

Posted: 2nd Oct 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfried

When the US National Transportation Safety Bureau (NTSB) investigated the worst man-made environmental disaster at sea (EXXON VALDEZ) it concluded that the company had not adequately considered the significant increase in workloa... Read More

The Human Element in Shipping: Making Mistakes

Posted: 30th Sep 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfield

In part three of 'The Human Element' we examine 'Making Mistakes'. Making mistakes allows us to develop skills and to learn something – by simply working with the notion that real outcomes and desired outcomes are equal. Making mi... 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

The Human Element in Shipping: Risk-Taking

Posted: 7th Sep 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfried

In part 2 of The Human Element we look at Risk Taking and Making Decisions. The guide helps to identify countermeasures to avoid human errors and bad decisions, and how to manage the human element on all levels – from engine room,... Read More

A Guide to The Human Element by the UK MCA

Posted: 2nd Sep 2015

Written by: Matti Bargfried

Dirk Gregory and Paul Shanahan of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency co-wrote “The Human Element – A Guide to Human Behavior in the Shipping Industry.” It helps to understand how and why human-based accidents and errors occur a... 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

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: 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

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

Working at Height or Over the Side

Posted: 3rd Jun 2015

Written by: PYA

In view of the recent tragic accident on board a large motor yacht in Palma, in which a crew member fell into the sea whilst working over side, we would like to remind all members of the great importance of following the advice co... 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

Implementing an Effective Safety Culture

Posted: 16th Apr 2015

Written by: Allmode

Safety at sea has improved enormously over the last 100 years, and continues to do so.
Rules and regulations, beginning with SOLAS have given the industry a compulsory
framework to follow.
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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

Personal Safety in the Caribbean

Posted: 19th Jan 2015

Written by: Alison Rentoul

Following on from several of our recent articles on crew safety in the Mediterranean, The Crew Coach replies to a Captain who is concerned about the safety of his crew in the Caribbean. Read More


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