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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

Membership Landmark

November 6th 2014
1 year and 100 members, it is just the start!

CSO Alliance is proud to announce that we are passing through the 100 CSO members barrier, which is a significant achievement.  Our member CSOs are responsible for the security of over 3,600 vessels within the Merchant Marine, around 8% of the world fleet. 
CSO Alliance ran its first workshop in July 2013 where, with several champion CSOs, we mapped out exactly the business tools they needed. By October 2013 the platform had been coded and delivered. Since then, we have listened to feedback, developed the functionality and built up the content. We are delighted to report that our seven 'champion' CSOs from last October have all renewed their annual memberships.

John Ashby, who drives our Membership Development, stated: “It is an interesting journey. Every day I talk to CSOs from around the world, all the time building up insights into CSOs needs and requirements. We progressively incorporate these innovations onto the platform and, over time working together, we will help develop best practice.” 

The relationship with Military and NGO crime reporting centres is growing; we verify all the incidents reported to us and ensure there is a credible feed of information, geolocated in an easy to access format. It allows us to see the patterns of criminal activity in ports and anchorages as well as at sea. The fact that CSOs are now sending in attempted stowaway incidents is proof that we can track unsuccessful criminal attempts as well as the successful. David Rider, our content editor, commented: “As we represent 100 CSOs with 3,600 ships, it is increasingly important that we work with all the authorities to ensure that the right information is reported. The art for me is to take the healthy offline conversations into a credible online reporting.” This delivery, along with highlighting patterns of crime in particular ports and anchorages, is how we save CSOs time in visiting multiple sites to access their information feeds. 

A unique delivery of the CSO Alliance is that we run CSO-only workshops. We typically contact the relevant National Ship Owners Association and work with them to invite CSOs to a central venue. We have delivered these in London, Newcastle, Glasgow, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Dubai and Singapore. Many CSOs who work in the same city or country operate different ship types, so have never met before, but it is never long before the ideas begin to flow.

It is this combination of a formidable and flexible platform, combined with human interaction with CSO-only workshops that underpins the CSO Alliance delivery. 

There is a $12.5 billion per annum maritime security goods and services supply chain to the marine and port sector. The vision of CSO Alliance is to work in partnership with the most reputable suppliers to this sector and we are delighted that several companies have invested in Profiled and Listed sponsorship opportunities, helping to fund the continued development of the Alliance. Mark Sutcliffe, Director, commented “We see this as a true joining up of the long term needs of over 12,000 CSOs, with support from the supply chain and CSO Alliance providing the platform for delivery. No one party could achieve this much alone.”