SAMI urges checks on ship security plans – Maritime Security International

A recent attempted terrorist attack on a vessel transiting the Suez Canal, and threats to vessels in the Eastern Mediterranean, have resulted in the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) stressing the need for shipping companies to urgently check that ship security plans are in place, are workable and fit for purpose.

All too often the maritime security focus on-board and in offices ashore has been on the threat posed by piracy, but as recent events have highlighted, the threat of terrorism is real and needs to be taken seriously.

The current security problems facing shipping are spread over a wide area, and it is vital that there are processes in place to respond to credible threats, or to the requirements to increase security levels. In recent months, some flag states have raised their International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code security levels owing to the threat of terror attacks in the Yemen.

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via Maritime Security International.

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