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Maritime Information Warfare Conference 2019 -London -November 18-19

November 18th 2019
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December 2nd 2016
A varied month for activity: stowaways, weapons checking, cyber and some good news from the cruise sector.


Stowaways – a drive to secure actionable information

There are over 60 stowaway incidents every month, mostly originating in Africa and at the last recorded audit the cost to the P&I Community is $15.3 million per annum. A detailed  report from the International Group is issued every three years and is due out shortly. If the trend of recent years continues the cases will be decreasing, but the annual cost will remain high. CSO Alliance has over the last few months met with BIMCO, IG Group, IMO, OCIMF and two Flag States to explore what can be done to improve the speed and quality of the stowaway incident reporting and ensure this key learning is shared in briefings via CSOs to their Captains and crews, before the port call.  


EUC – ensuring compliance in the provision of weapons

We were approached by the Director of Maritime Authority of the Djibouti Government to support an End User Certificate Portal (EUC-P). This is a project we reported on last month and demonstrated an EUC-Weapon serial number checking portal to several key industry stakeholders. We naturally support the initiative. We recognise the formal adoption via MSC will take time, but the testing of platforms and how best to manage this solution can now be explored and debated thanks to this initiative.


A considered campaign: Be Cyber Aware At Sea

We have our own views on the tsunami of cyber communication and solutions in the market place (more an that next month) but this project is certainly worth looking at.

In a recent study (‘Cyber Security, The Unknown Threat At Sea 2016’) over 250 ship owner CSOs were interviewed and 67% of Company Security Officers (CSOs) within shipping companies felt ‘Cyber Security’ was not a serious threat to international shipping.

What is more is that 89% of CSO’s did not believe Cyber Security was their responsibility and referred the author directly to their IT department. CSOs hold and develop a key security relationship between the shore management and ships crew. Cybercrime is an evolving subset of maritime crime, which means it is important to develop an awareness and understanding of the key issues and then how to best mitigate the risk.   

Be Cyber Aware At Sea is an effective and free to use cyber awareness campaign, with posters, warning stickers and booklets for ships crews that can be downloaded to help them drill into the key cyber risks they face.

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We are seeing the benefits of the trip to Miami in the summer as we are welcoming new cruise CSOs into the alliance. By the end of this year we should have over 60% of Cruise CSOs by fleet size on board. Although part of the CSO community, we are also creating their own cruise group to help develop sector specific information.