IMCA publishes gangway security videoPublications // April 27, 2011
Effective gangway security is an important subject in today’s unstable and security-conscious world. The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a new 8-minute DVD in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese to provide guidance for personnel performing gangway security duties.
“The procedures and regulations for gangway security are in the ISPS Code, but to be effective they need to be applied properly and consistently, the gangway security team’s role in that process is crucial,” says Hugh Williams, Chief Executive of IMCA.
“Our DVD is designed not as training, but to act as a reminder of the basics involved in controlling access to vessels from the quayside. DVDs and videos can be especially helpful as we often remember scenes more easily than pages from a document, or even instructions in team talks.“
‘Gangway Security’ (IMCA SEL 027) covers the roles and responsibilities of gangway security personnel including: the control of people and equipment to and from the vessel; the searching of personnel and/or baggage; reporting of security incidents or breaches; assisting with the control of emergency situations; and observation of the quayside.
It acts as a reminder of the three security levels that could be in place and the gangway security members’ role, making it clear that the Ship Security Officer will work with members of the gangway security team in all instances. It takes viewers through the role of gangway procedure when dealing with visitors, with drug and alcohol policy, on searching bags and people, and on the emergency plan.
“The DVD stresses that vigilance, judgement and communications skills are vital for this important job,” adds Hugh Williams. IMCA would like to thank Technip and the crew of Wellservicer for agreeing to filming taking place on, and alongside, the vessel.
IMCA members have received a copy of the DVD and can order more at £10 per copy, it is also available to non-members at £20 – VAT is applicable on all DVDs. Copies can be ordered from www.imca-int.com/publications or firstname.lastname@example.org; or from IMCA at 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0AU, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.