Phase 1 complete: We have reached 5,000 ships
December 23rd 2014
A big thank you to our first 100 CSO members who manage the security of over 5,000 ships – The next steps…
It is a truly significant milestone that we have achieved together. Our member CSOs are responsible for the security of 5,000 ships, around 10% of the world’s Merchant Marine Fleet.
The delivery we offer is niche, focused and scalable, but most importantly, we are not in a rush. It is vital for this project to evolve at a steady pace and always deliver on the needs of our member CSOs.
From our first brainstorming workshop with CSOs in London in the summer of 2013, we have run seven workshops in Newcastle, Glasgow, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Hamburg, Dubai and Singapore. The feedback is helping shape our future delivery.
For example, we now plan to run Charterers workshops in the same cities we meet our CSOs, so that the issues and concerns of our CSOs are delivered in a credible way.
Another request was a closer integration with the various military and NGO crime reporting centres. Although we have no formal relationship we have met with EUNAVFOR, NATO, UKMTO, CMF, ReCAAP and IMB, where we are steadily developing closer online and real time conversations.
Many CSOs wanted to see market credibility and so over 2014 several meetings were held with BIMCO which resulted with presentations to their Maritime Security Committee in Copenhagen. The Executive committee have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with CSO Alliance which will roll out in 2015. Other conversations have been taken with ICS, OCIMF, Intertanko, Intercargo and the IMO as we look to ensure the delivery is understood by all industry representatives.
The intention is to create a credible and effective global community of Maritime Company Security Officers, working together to begin the fight back against organised maritime crime.