IMAREST launches piracy and offshore security confeneceNews // June 9, 2009
Piracy and robbery at sea have been with us for thousands of years with the first document instances in the 13th century BC. They are, therefore, unlikely to be eradicated in the foreseeable future. The focus is now off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden where piracy has threatened international shipping since the beginning of Somalia’s civil war in the early 1990s. Piracy attacks off the Somali coast this year have already surpassed the entire total of attacks for 2008 according to the Piracy Reporting Centre at the International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The under-reported incidents of largely terrorist attacks on offshore oil installations off Nigeria’s Delta area also continue.
“Set against this background the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) plans a conference ‘Piracy and Offshore Security – Practical solutions and responses’ in Portsmouth, UK on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September to look at practical measures for minimising risk,” explains IMarEST’s Chief Executive, Marcus Jones.
“This is a particularly hot topic, with the protection of offshore installations, ships and their cargo and crew from piracy, robbery and attacks arguably the single most pressing issue for the maritime industry As the name of the conference implies, and as befits the remit of IMarEST, our two-day event will be looking very much at the positive side of the solutions on offer and what ship and platform operators can do to counter the threat and lessen the risk to their vessels, crews and cargoes rather than at the geo-politics of piracy. We are delighted that Frank Mungo, FIMarEST, Past President IMarEST and Chairman EEZING will chair the conference, and look forward to a highly stimulating and relevant two days.”
Training and proper preparation of crews; practical solutions offered by suppliers for a layered defence; and equipment demonstrations and displays will all come under the conference spotlight at this new event on the IMarEST calendar, which is being supported by EEZING (Exclusive Economic Zone Industry Group) and SMI (Society of Maritime Industries).
The first day will analyse the threat and will include an interactive workshop at which the scenario will be a developing crisis and how best to respond to it. The second day will look initially at the current government, military and international agency positions and views on how operators can best equip themselves to maintain security; and then provide practical solutions to counter the risk – covering services and infrastructure and methods of defending and hardening a vessel.”
Further information including registration at the early bird rate and discounts for IMarEST Members and Marine Partners will be available shortly from www.imarest.org and from the Events Department at IMarEST, 80 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7382 2636; Fax: +44 (0)20 7382 2667. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.