The Inkerman Group provides a range of maritime services to support clients in terms of the end to end maritime supply chain or as part of their core maritime business infrastructure. Services include vessel based maritime security teams through to bespoke consultancy on all vessels and port side facilities, supplied throughout the World.
Services provided are defined by the specific needs of clients and based on the determined risk and threat to the vessels route or facilities. We work with client risk managers, security representatives and insurers to ensure that services are compliant, legal, measurable and cost-effective.
The maritime supply chain has had, and continues to have, its challenges in a modern world - organised crime, piracy and terrorism are all linked and all require detailed mitigation strategies.
Piracy has seen a significant number of ships and crew hijacked, with the vast majority being in the region of the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. Reports from maritime agencies suggest that a total of 53 vessels were captured, with 1,181 crew members taken hostage and 8 killed in 2010. The cost of piracy is generally measured from a revenue loss perspective; however there is also the impact these situations cause to seafarers and employees of vessels that may have encountered issues from piracy attacks including hostage or human shield scenarios These all bring their own issues and liabilities - another side to piracy which often is not considered.
The real cost of piracy is therefore difficult to predict - ransoms paid have increased from an average of $150,000 in 2005 to an estimated $5.4m in 2010, with overall estimates of money being paid in 2010 being in the region of $7 -12bn (inclusive of ransoms, insurance premiums, re-routing, security equipment / personnel and naval forces).
• Armed or unarmed vessel escort teams
• Security assessments and plans for ports, vessels and offshore facilities
• Emergency and incident management delivered with support through our 24/7 Operations Centre
• Vessel and facility training evolutions
• Security training (Anti-Piracy, Anti Boarding Tactics)
• Off-shore or port based energy installation / facilities
• Super Yacht Security including Close Protection Services
• In-depth trend analysis and reporting
• Technical security system design
Our objective is to provide clients with services which are compliant, legal and effective; we offer a transparent service with detailed operating protocols and procedures which are designed around individual client’s requirements and delivered in line with:
• International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)
• Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) regulations.
• International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Best Management Practice (v3)
• International Safety Management Code (ISM code) and guidelines on implementation 2010
• Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) Notice to Mariners (NTM) 298-2
• United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982
• International Flag and Port state regulations
• International Maritime Organisation (IMO) MSC.1 Circ. 1390 - Industry Guidance for CSOs.
These industry and international guidelines form the basis of our services; in addition, our maritime security personnel must also possess knowledge of ship-board operations, rules of engagement and use of force.
Deployed personnel are trained and hold the following qualifications:
• ISPS Ships Security Officer (SSO)
• STCW 95 compliance
• ENG1 (Seafarers) medical
• RYA VHF short range radio certificate
• RYA Radar qualification (or equivalent)
• First Aid trained
• Vetted to British Standard 7858 including Criminal Records Bureau checked (CRB).