Ship Security Personnel - OO3
Provides both armed and unarmed detachments to ships, following the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC)'s approval of its Interim Guidance to Ship-owners (May 2011).
The Interim Guidance from the IMO is also designed to provide ship owners with a high degree of confidence in the quality of any Private Maritime Security Provider (PMSC).
Open Ocean personnel are all Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) qualified. They will have a Seaman's Book and are former Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos. Their weapons-handling skills are fully tested and certified before they deploy and their operating instructions, rules for the use of force and related procedures are all available to clients before contracts are signed.
Open Ocean works with its own Maritime Security Personnel as well as with affiliated companies whose personnel meet the Open Ocean standards of training and skills.
Teams will arrive on a ship properly dressed, equipped and trained and with the appropriate understanding of how to work with the Master and crew.
The aim is to provide a consistent and high quality of service to owners such that they can be confident that any Open Ocean-provided security team will conduct itself in an exemplary manner before, during and after any incident.
Close co-ordination with the intelligence team in Open Ocean ensures that the ships security teams are kept fully briefed on the current threat situation in their areas in conjunction with the ship's Master via the Common Operating Picture (COP) service as part of the OO1 Package.
Open Ocean services include:
- All aspects of International Ship and Port Facility
- Security (ISPS) Code implementation
- Maritime counter-terrorism services
- Security for port operations
- Cruise ship security
- Maritime security aspects of chemical oil & gas operations both on- and off-shore
- Security for cable laying and Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) operations
- Security for diving operations
- Security for yachts and mega yachts
- Seamanship and craft handling in the maritime security environment
All the security teams fielded by Open Ocean are International Association of Maritime Security Professionals (ICoC) and Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) regulated, are audited, and must complete an oral examination to demonstrate their adherence to IMO Circular Letter MSC.1/Circ.1405 - "Interim Guidance to Ship-owners, Ship Operators and Ships Masters on the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel on Board Ships in the High Risk Area", especially paragraphs: 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 & 3.1.
Open Ocean has conducted full company and professional due diligence on all their customers' behalves. Their documentation and Rules for the Use of Force are scrutinised and they must adhere to Open Ocean's strict operating procedures.
Open Ocean's complete risk management and security service
Open Ocean can provide any one of the following
services or all of them in a fully managed transit service.