MAST appoint Rear Admiral Anthony Rix as new Business Development and Board advisor

International maritime security company MAST have announced today the appointment of Rear Admiral Anthony Rix as  Business Development and Board advisor. Anthony’s responsibilities within the team will include advising commercial ship-owners and private yacht owners on a range of maritime matters and supporting MAST on their global maritime security business. (more…)

MAST’s Gerry Northwood calls for global maritime action at CSO Alliance summit

Earlier this month, MAST’s COO Gerry Northwood attended the CSO Alliance Workshop in Athens, an event organized by the online members-only platform, to unite Chief Security officers from across the world. Gerry shared the stage with speakers from Hellenic War Risks and BIMCO in an event that bridged issues from migration to floating armouries.

During his talk, ‘The Impact on Trade Routing and Planning from Global Security Threats’, Gerry made the case for the expansion and development of Best Management Practice 4 (BMP4) into a global standard for maritime security, and advocated that the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code be better enforced globally.

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How to manage global maritime security threats Spotlight on: The Gulf of Aden

Phil Cable, CEO of MAST

Security remains a critical issue in the Gulf of Aden. Despite the reduction of the BMP4 High Risk Area in the Western Indian Ocean, piracy has remained a threat in the region. However, it represents only one of the threats that face supply lines. Smuggling, terrorism and cyberterrorism, cargo theft and maritime kidnapping all pose substantial threats and are both facilitated and exacerbated by low level criminality and corruption in port towns and cities.

These potential dangers can be tackled, but progress demands consistent and strategic action on the part of countries and maritime industry leaders. Regulations against corruption and operations against criminal activity on the ground can greatly restrict the freedom of terrorists and criminals to operate out of coastal bases, whilst the sufficient policing of littoral waters by trained coastal guards can prove a powerful deterrent against pirates and other criminals. Properly enforcing the ISPS code, the generally poorly enforced common standard for tackling global criminality and terrorism since 2004, provides another avenue.

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