MAST and AMSA formalise partnership to increase international risk management portfolio

Leading maritime security company Maritime Asset Security Training (MAST) has today announced their partnership with Astbury Marine Services & Associates (AMSA), a specialist shipping and insurance response business.

The combination of front-line experience and industry knowledge place MAST and AMSA as leaders in their field.

The two companies will work together to provide an increased portfolio of risk management services to clients trading in difficult or complex environments. These include support following an insurance incident, ship arrest or delay and a prevention and response service in relation to Kidnap for Ransom.

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Niger Delta Avengers threat to Nigerian oil industry

As reported by Trade Winds in a statement, the ‘high command’ of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) said it was willing to enter peace talks with the government, but only if independent mediators are appointed. The statement added: “the NDA high command is restating our commitment to attack the interests of oil corporations and international refinery operators that bring in vessels to the Niger Delta Territory to buy our oil that every successive government have refused to use and reapply the proceeds towards any development in the region since 1958.” If demands are not met, the NDA said it will sink two of their ‘mother vessels’ as an example to others.

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Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, the international maritime security company, suggests that Britain should do more for the EU in order to strengthen its own security.

The EU Referendum debate has brought many different arguments to the fore about the effect a British exit could potentially have on the economy, trade and security, amongst other important topics. At MAST we certainly benefit from being part of the Single Market as certain areas of our business, such as the work we do with superyachts and shipyards, require the movement of people and goods around Europe.

However, it is the impact on security which, as a security company, we are naturally most interested in. At the higher strategic level Britain has always sought to have sufficient political influence in Europe to prevent any single European power gaining hegemony over Western Europe, and leaving will undoubtedly diminish Britain’s ability to counter-balance the present German dominance of the EU.

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MAST’s Anthony Rix comments on the Offshore Patrol Vessel Security and Technology Conference

Anthony Rix, a MAST Director, took part in the Offshore Patrol Vessels Security and Technology conference in London this week. The conference attracted a wide range of participants from the UK, Europe and USA including representatives from the UK’s Border Force, Coastguards, Navies, Engineers and Consultants.

The presentations and discussions covered many aspects of OPV design and operational developments and in so doing touched on aspects of Maritime Security. The many threats to Maritime Security were highlighted such as maritime terrorism, piracy, the trafficking of narcotics, people and illicit goods, arms proliferation, illegal fishing, environmental issues and, possibly, territorial disputes. National and regional solutions to Maritime Security issues were shared and, consequently, illustrated the complexity of the potential solutions to problems.

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  • Wednesday 1 June 2016: six months since the HRA in the Indian Ocean was reduced
  • Situation remains uncertain with multiple incidents already this year in the Gulf of Aden
  • Shipping industry needs to be vigilant as Somalis retain capability and intent to hijack vessels

The security situation in the Western Indian Ocean may be at a tipping point, MAST, the international maritime security company, has said today, marking six months since the High Risk Area (HRA) was reduced (1 December 2015).

The culmination of the smaller HRA, merchant vessels (MVs) sailing closer to the Somali coast, a reduced naval presence and fewer security teams has resulted in pirate activity in recent months, with some MVs coming under fire in the Gulf of Aden. There is also evidence of reduced application of Best Management Practice (BMP) measures by vessels and shipping companies.

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