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    IMCA vessel security poster gets over vital messages

    Organisations and Associations // November 3, 2008

    The latest poster, ‘Vessel Security’ (poster number 5), from the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), certainly proves the old adage that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

    Six specially commissioned humorous illustrations get over key messages: – ‘maintain a gangway watch’; ‘ensure all visitors wear ID badges’; ‘ensure visitors sign in’; ‘ensure visitors and crew are fully briefed on their security responsibilities’; ‘check paperwork for cargo, stores and equipment being brought onboard’; and ‘prevent access to restricted areas’.

    “Serious messages like this can be more easily conveyed to multi-lingual crews with a light touch and illustrations that really tell the story,” explainedD IMCA’s Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. “Security is of paramount importance and this poster, produced by the IMCA Security Task Force, adds to such publications as the IMCA guide to the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code (IMCA SEL 017), guidance on personal security and other documents aimed at improving maritime security.”

    As with other IMCA posters – ‘Watch your back’; ‘Slips, trips and falls’; ‘Safe use of ladders’; and ‘Avoiding dropped objects’ – the new poster is available for downloading from the IMCA ‘members-only website with commercial printing files available providing the ability to add in a company logo and relevant references. Printed posters are available at £5 per set of three for members and £10 for non-members (plus VAT or delivery where applicable).

    A second Security Task Force poster will be published shortly addressing personal travel security. This is allied with the existing guidance (IMCA SEL 014) and pocket card covering the need to stay alert when travelling, avoiding attracting attention and the importance of treating officials with courtesy and respect.

    Posters can be ordered from IMCA at or from or 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521.


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