Dealing With the Danger of Piracy
At Dockwise, the safety of our crew, cargo, and assets is and has been our top priority. However, during the last few years, the risk of piracy has become an ever-increasing reality in our business. And while it’s impossible to eliminate the risk of piracy completely, Dockwise is committed to assessing and addressing the current or expected level of piracy risks for each and every voyage through or to areas with an increased risk profile. We are looking to ensure that we have the best measures in place to reduce the risk of piracy as much as possible.
Security management at Dockwise includes the following:
Dockwise is committed to providing a secure working environment for people involved in all our operations worldwide. In doing so, the Dockwise Security Council identifies and assesses security risks for enquiries and projects through risk areas, and implements the appropriate mitigation measures. The Security Council, consisting of Dockwise management representatives, works to proactively decide on the measures to be implemented on our vessels that will mitigate the risks for the crew, vessel, and cargo during the intended voyage.
Compliance with ISPS Code
Dockwise vessels are in full compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, including the implemented and approved Ship Security Plans (SSP). A vessel’s SSP identifies the security measures to be implemented by a vessel when different maritime security levels are in force.
Gathering Security Intelligence
Dockwise closely monitors security information using up-to-date intelligence gathered from organizations that include the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), the Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa, Drum Cussac, Control Risks, and ship owners’ associations. This information is used to determine the risk areas and is used as input in the security process.
Security Risk Assessment
For each voyage through high-risk areas, Dockwise prepares a security risk assessment on a case-by-case basis, taking into account local information and project specific transport details and up-to-date security information. The risk assessment is utilized by the Dockwise Security Council to determine appropriate mitigation measures.
The mitigation measures used by Dockwise to deter piracy in risk areas are constantly developed and based upon best management practices that are fully supported by international recognized organizations like; the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) and International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
Dockwise is involved with innovative study and testing programs to constantly improve security mitigation measures.