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

November 18th 2019
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CYPnaval Conference - October 2nd - Cyprus

October 2nd 2019
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CSOA First Response Report: Iran Seizes British Tanker

July 20th 2019


April 7th 2017
This month, a big step forward on information exchanges with key stakeholders to better support members risk assessments. We have continued to strengthen the management team and been representing CSOs needs at the IMO…

Jon Davies, ex CSO, joined to ensure we fully develop the CSO user experience

We are delighted to welcome Jon, who has seafaring experience and has taught CSOs and crisis management for five years as well as having been a CSO at a major container line for five years. His task is to listen to member needs and configure the platform to make sure that when CSOs visit they have all the information they need at their fingertips.  A natural evolution of this is to develop new tools that directly support the heavy administration of compliance and regulation, so please do keep the ideas coming. 

Effective Information Exchange - Military - War Risk - Industry  

CSO Alliance brings to the military a verified, 24/7 community of more than 400 CSOs in over 40 countries who collectively deliver a security brief to at least 8,000 vessel Captains and crews. As we build trust we can rapidly and effectively share information and, through CSO Chatter, then debate the detail. This month, EUNAVFOR sent over industry releasable information on the Aris 13. Within minutes, the link to the detail was shared with all our CSOs and the debate began on what it meant.

Coordinated action like this means CSOs are no longer working in isolation.  


Imagery - Evolving the two-way flow from Ships & Industry to the military

The exact location of the Aris 13 was, for a period of time, unknown. We have an evolving dialogue with Airbus Defence and Space who were able to sweep the area with a satellite and forward the imagery of the options for the location to the military within hours, which we also shared with CSO Alliance members. This is proving a concept that imagery could also be sent from a ship via the Captain to his CSO and then shared for the benefit of all. In addition to that, our editor, David Rider, received regular updates from his pirate sources in Puntland, Somalia throughout the Aris 13 incident, which he shared with EUNAVFOR in order to support their intelligence gathering during the hijacking. So detailed were these reports that they included the names and cell phone numbers of the hijackers. These are the routines we are building up that will help our CSOs support their Captains and Crews in all parts of the world.   


Industry Partners sharing: Giles Noakes, Video update of recent BIMCO Security Committee meeting

We are building a team approach and using all the latest mediums, in this case a short video from the team at BIMCO. In it, Giles touches on the global crime situation, cyber project which CSO Alliance are developing and a security workshop in Copenhagen, which we joined on our CSO members’ behalf in December.


IFC relationship building – Carrying reports

We are grateful to the IFC and our regional representative Thomas Timlen for helping develop more effective links. We now receive and carry all IFC feedback as we build up an easily accessible database of global crime.


Norwegian War Risk - Sharing information

We are grateful to DNK for recently sharing their members’ brief.  We are developing this team approach with the military and our industry partners (BIMCO, Marshall Islands Registry and North P&I) as we support member CSOs with an effective, verified information flow. This one off gesture was much appreciated as we all work to develop an understanding of the real threats we face.


IMO – Stowaway reporting

Industry relies on the stowaway reports provided by the International Group of P&I Clubs, issued every three years. The impact is estimated at $15 million pa from around 700 stowaway incidents. The IMO GISIS database on stowaway crime in 2016 held 37 incidents reported by only six authorities. There is a downwards trend in stowaway incidents, but the cost remains high. A new dynamic is an increasing number of stowaways boarding in Europe. There is no real time actionable information for Captains and crew of the numbers, tactics and the exact berth locations. This week at the IMO we have been working with the Marshall Islands Registry to update the IMO reports to include berth and terminal location. This allows us to ensure we can geo-locate the crimes and share the data and tactics with CSOs as they work on their port risk assessments. More detail will follow next month on developments from this week, as well as ideas to encourage an increasing volume of stowaway reports.