In the past you went to sea, did your time and if you were good enough you climbed the ladder to become Master or Chief. Unfortunately that was before the “manning crisis” and the need to accelerate the process. Now it seems as soon as the ink is dry (sometimes before) on the latest certificate of competency, individual seafarers are catapulted into a higher role…roles that they may be unprepared, or unskilled to perform. The matter of career progression has gone from HR issue to safety management in one generation, and there are some important issues to address.This survey examines seagoing career progression and promotion. We ask how important promotion is to seafarers and what do they perceive to be the most important factors affecting their promotional prospects? Do employers have proper appraisal systems in place to check on an individual officers’ suitability for promotion? Is progression through the ranks a matter of putting in the time and gaining experience or of being in the right place at the right time? Are younger officers being fast-tracked through the ranks?
The survey is a must read for recruiters and employers concerned with the real-life, contemporary thoughts of those working at sea today.
On 1 July 2004 the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code came into force, and amongst its many requirements was that applicable vessels must be able to carry out a search of on-board cargo, vehicles and effects. Shipboard Search: What You Need To Know! has been researched and written by maritime security experts to provide ship security personnel with a practical guide to some of the most common security practices which should form part of a maritime search security regime.
The best search results are achieved through planned search operations using trained personnel following clear instructions. You must know where and how to search, what to look for and what to do if something is found. Shipboard Search: What You Need To Know! offers advice and techniques which when harnessed as part of an overall ship security plan will give you the ability to control access and locate and intercept undesirable items. The contents of this guide are divided into two Parts and designed so that you can locate specific information when you need it. Part 1 contains general search planning and execution information for area and personal search, training drills, and exercise management and execution. Part 2 contains instructions and procedures to be adopted when conducting shipboard search, including first response actions.
Shipboard Search: What You Need to Know! by HMS Limited and Steven Jones
Maintaining access control to vessels and having the ability to conduct shipboard search are two vitally important security requirements dictated by the ISPS Code.
“Access Control and Shipboard Search: First Responder Guide” has been designed as a robust, quick reference guide for anyone with ship security responsibilities. It has been published in conjunction with two further Shiptalk publications entitled Shipboard Access Control: What You Need To Know! and Shipboard Search: What You Need To Know! These guides have been developed in order to help ship security staff maintain gangway security and prepare and conduct maritime search activities.
This publication is intended to offer guidance only and its contents should not take precedence over the security requirements and procedures laid down within the ship security plan (SSP) or the orders given by the master, company security officer (CSO) or ship security officer (SSO).
“Access Control and Shipboard Search: First Responder Guide”
Over the past year much advice has been issued to seafarers, but “Surviving a Piracy Attack – what you need to know!” takes this further, providing information in three separate sections: before, during and after an attack.
“Before” assesses how best to avoid attack, including routing and transit information. The next section, “During” looks at how to defend a vessel – including advice on using the ship as a defensive weapon, and also how to best organise and manage the defence.
If the worst does happen, and the vessel is taken – the guide features advice on how to cope with captivity and how to remain clearheaded and calm. There is also a translation section to help seafarers communicate with their captors.
Once the pirates leave, the trouble is not necessarily over. The “After” section provides advice on getting the vessel safely away from the trouble zone – and also covers aftercare of personnel, with advice on post traumatic stress disorder and how to “close out” the incident, to ensure lessons are learned, and ensure that those who have suffered can best move on after their ordeal.
This is not a guide about piracy – it is a manual to help keep people alive and in a positive mental state if they are unfortunate enough to suffer a pirate attack and find themselves in a hostage situation.
“Surviving A Piracy Attack – what you need to know!” by Steven Jones
“Shipboard Search What You Need To Know” by HMS Ltd and Steven Jones. This 122 page practical guide to maritime search together with “Access Control and Shipboard Search First Responder Guide”,, completes a book set that will provide the reader with the practical means to apply the best shipboard security practice.
As a special launch offer if you buy the two book set together you will also receive “Shipboard Access Control” to complete your onboard security book package. You will receive this third publication as no cost to you, three books for the price of two and a saving on the total cover price of £10.
Place your order today and receive this special offer book set that will make a real difference to your onboard security.
Total for three book package £50…….