IMCA establishes security task forceOrganisations and Associations // October 10, 2005
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has formed a Security Task Force to work on security related topics such as security and health issues for personnel in transit, piracy, the implications of the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and security in the workplace and onboard vessels.
“These are real issues of growing anxiety to our members who operate globally, some of them in politically sensitive areas,” said IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. “The advent of ISPS, increased awareness of terrorist and piracy issues, and heightened health concerns have led to our members asking us to take these issues extremely seriously and to bring all manner of maritime security issues under the banner of our newly established task force.”
“Under the chairmanship of Nigel Hope of Technip, the new task force has members from several IMCA contractor members working internationally,” he explained. “It is not a work group with a limited set of objectives but has total flexibility to cope with ever-changing demand over a wide range of issues. We felt the term 'task force' best summed up the nature of the foreseen work of the group. It will have input from, and feed into, the other IMCA committees, particularly our Safety, Environment & Legislation (SEL) Core Committee.”
At the recent inaugural meeting of the IMCA Security Task Force the terms of reference of the task force were agreed, and include:
- Interfacing with IMCA committees to take forward issues raised relating to training, competence, marine and shore operations which have a security impact.
- Developing industry guidance and best practices for security – for example, a common security audit, acceptable to clients - to prevent repetition of audits being undertaken and identifying an acceptable industry standard to be audited against, which would satisfy industry, clients and national authorities.
- Identifying the requirements for security information to be provided to personnel and developing appropriate guidance.
- Establishing a security network among IMCA members for the exchange of intelligence information, to be interpreted, translated and disseminated through a security zone on the IMCA website.
- Acting as a catalyst for sharing intelligence information with the various intelligence agencies.
- Taking forward the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and onshore security principles, by maintaining the focus on security and proactively promoting the security requirements for offshore vessels and onshore security provision, which specifically meets the needs of the membership.
- Developing and enhancing security initiatives to the benefit of the industry.
- Developing and identifying suitable security training acceptable to IMCA members, meeting industry and authority requirements.
- Maintaining the confidentiality of security information issued amongst IMCA members for members.
- Developing a knowledge pool and intelligence surveillance to minimise the impact poised by piracy and develop best practices to combat the piracy threat.
Further information on the Task Force and on all work undertaken by IMCA can be found at www.imca-int.com or from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; Email: email@example.com.