Ship owners told to boost security

September 5, 2013 9:24 am 

MANILA, Sept. 5 — The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has urged ship owners to increase the security of their vessels following an attempted terrorist attack on a vessel transiting the Suez Canal and other emerging threats in the Eastern Mediterranean.

It added that manning companies should re-think their security plans as this is purely concentrated on the piracy threat.

“With shipping seemingly an increasingly attractive target to terrorists it is imperative that all steps are taken to ensure that security measures can be implemented effectively," SAMI chief executive officer Peter Cook said.

Around 400,000 Filipinos seafarers are employed by the international merchant marine fleet.

He added that one of the best ways to check the ability to respond is to hold a security drill or exercise.

“Companies can very quickly identify problem areas by holding a training exercise based on any number of current security threats," Cook stressed.

There are a range of vital steps that shipowners are urged to take to safeguard their seafarers, cargoes and vessels. (PNA)



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