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

November 18th 2019
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October 2nd 2019
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March 10th 2017
A month of steady incremental progress on a range of fronts  

CSO Tools to support the administration of Regulation and Compliance.

We are working with an experienced CSO who not only taught CSO’s for five years but has acted as a CSO for a major ship owner for five years. We are drilling into the complete delivery to ensure we capture all the valuable observations and innovations. We will then debate these with our members, code and then launch any agreed solutions.  With Industry, Flag, P&I sponsors and shortly hope to add a Classification Society, we are increasingly better placed to explore these security process efficiencies.

Stowaway Problem and Solution

If stowaways board a ship in port it means that the ISPS code has fallen short in either or both the port and the ship. In 2016 only 37 stowaway reports from six agencies were registered on the IMO GISIS database. Stowaways cost the ship owner P&I clubs an average of $46,000 every day with an average of 64 incidents per month and an annual cost of around $15.3 million. Over the three years 2007/8 to 2011/12 the annual cost to the IG & PI Clubs went up by $1 million.[1]

Stowaway incident reporting is currently managed by a plethora of (recognised) international and regional organisations with a variety of successes and information of varying quality, usefulness and distribution. Information on stowaway threats and events is similarly inconsistent at the sharp end, vessels. Without timely and accurate information, we cannot track or understand the evolving tactics and trends the criminal gangs use.

Working with our industry sponsors at the next IMO FAL in April they will debate and we hope allow the ‘Berth and Terminal’ locations to be added to the initial stowaway contact reports. We then need to encourage masters to send these reports as this generates timely, geo-located (i.e. at, sea, anchorage or terminal and berth location) and verifiable information for CSOs and their masters on realtime stowaway threats and tactics. It will allow for a more constructive dialogue with the Port. In the years 2011-12, the 10 largest ports of embarkation, all in Africa, generated around 70% of the cases.

CSO Alliance has approached the International Group of P&I Clubs and received first class support enabling presentations to both the Personal Injury Committee (responsible for Stowaways) and the Security Committee, so they are fully updated on the evolving plans.

There needs to be better recognition of the stress for seafarers. With an estimated 750 incidents per annum, and an average crew of 20, that is 15,000 seafarers impacted and hosting stowaways for several days to weeks for each incident. The extra duties include guarding, which takes time, with added stress, cost of clothes/food etc. and of course port call and repatriation cost. 

Automated End User Certificate Checking

We attended the Maritime Security Working Group meeting at the Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) in London. For nearly two years we have been advocating an automated system and fully support the debate to ensure the right system is adopted. When used by all it will deliver significant governance and compliance benefits and reduce the hidden risks to Captains, Crew and their Ship Owners. It is good to see this working to a conclusion.    


This issue continues to consume time, but that is because we do not wish to repeat what already exists in new colours. With some new industry partners we are taking our experience from the last three years and building solutions that are designed to help ship owner CSOs and CISOs in their daily tasks. We will follow up in more detail next month.

[1] Source: http://static.igpandi.org/igpi_website/media/article_attachments/FAL%2038-6-2%20-%20StowawaysInternational%20Group%20of%20P&I%20Clubs%20Data%20on%20Stowaway%20cases%20(P&I%20Clubs).pdf