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2012 - 2013

Chris Jones gave the opening talk at the Transport Security Expo held at Olympia on the 14-15th November 2012 on Port Facility Security. In his talk he highlighted the hidden dangers to security staff, in and about the port areas, which arise by nature of the port’s work rather than specific security threats.

He also reminded all of the importance of ‘resilience’ and testing of plans by selective drills and exercises. This year, 2012, sees us dispensing with the facsimile number. The advent of emails and scanners together with PDF documents has sent the facsimile the way of the telex machine and slide rule.

2011 - 2012

We ran a number of courses throughout this period and undertook re-validation with the Department of Transport (DfT) to ensure we are fully up-to-date and delivering cogent courses that are informative, yet enjoyable.

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2010 - 2011

We ran a number of courses throughout this period and undertook re-validation with the Department of Transport (DfT) to ensure we are fully up-to-date and delivering cogent courses that are informative, yet enjoyable.

2009

An interesting year has passed. In 2009 our Managing Director was at the Founding Meeting for the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (ICPEM) where the two former societies of the Institute of Civil Defence and Disaster Studies and the Institute of Emergency Management were merged. This year he was at the first Annual General Meeting and the "Leadership in Crisis and Emergency Situations" conference where he had the pleasure of hearing the excellent talks by Sir David Venness CBE QPM, the recent Under Secretary General for Safety and Security at the United Nations, and Mr. Stephen Hutchins, the Director of Security at the European Commission, amongst the other presentations. The holistic approach to security and business resilience which we foster in our courses compliments the aspirations of ICPEM, and we shall be seeking Corporate Membership of the Institute. An enjoyable and informative course resulted in 4 newly qualified PFSO's who we congratulate on their future in Maritime Security.

2009 course candidates

2008

We have improved our instructor knowledge base this year with Maritime Piracy involvement via UK Martime Trade Operations link. We have been active in consultancy to ship owners affected directly by Maritime Piracy. The PFSO course work has been quiet.

2007

We undertook our course revalidation by TRANSEC in August 2007. We have also expanded our courses to reflect the wider issues of security in the business protection and recovery areas.

2006

2006 proved to be a relatively quiet year with few enquiries for PFSO courses and none were run. We provided and ran two courses on Security Awareness for Stevedores and Port Personnel, which proved popular with the staff attending and the PFSO's at the ports where they worked.  

Our lecturers attended at the TRANSEC Seminars on Maritime Security and continued to remain otherwise current in their military and commercial fields.

ISPS application featured in an arbitration where one of our lecturers attended as an Expert Witness.  An attempt was made by one party to allege that their actions in preventing proper access by interested parties was a consequence of the ISPS Rules.

2005

The year 2005 proved most interesting.  In addition to the courses for Principal and Deputy Port Facility Security Officers, we were involved in the safe overnight escort, from Felixstowe to Heathrow, of a foreign mariner who had been arrested and jailed in Norwich prison for causing ‘Actual Bodily Harm’ then released pending deportation. 

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