July 7-9, 2008: International Maritime and Yacht Security course – Malta
Camper & Nicholson’s Grand Harbour Marina, in conjunction with the International Bodyguards Association and Signal 8 Security Malta, is holding its first International Maritime and Yacht Security course at the marina between 7 and 9 July.
The intensive three-day course, which is open to anyone with an interest in security needs on luxury yachts, will provide delegates with a history of maritime terrorism, crime and piracy, with a view to identifying relevant trends for the industry. Through a mixture of theory-based exercises, practical challenges and bodyguard etiquette, the course will also familiarise participants with the various types of security equipment and systems that are currently in use.
Grand Harbour Marina general manager Ben Stuart highlighted the increasing importance of both security and privacy to superyacht owners. He said: “Marinas are traditionally very difficult places to keep secure, due to the clash of land and sea combined with a need to maintain the relaxed environment that yachting presents. Here at Grand Harbour Marina, Camper & Nicholson’s has developed a great balance of management and provision, which includes ongoing training, developing site-specific standard operating procedures (SOPs) and effective communication. While it is an imperfect science, I am very proud of our security provision and our ISPS certification.”
The International Maritime and Yacht Security course has been designed to cater for every eventuality and will focus on the characteristics and potential effects of many security situations. Practical exercises, such as underwater hull inspection and how to search for improvised explosive devices – and what to do if these devices are found – will give attendees the knowledge and skills to act swiftly and efficiently.
Each IBA course is authenticated through a diploma issued to the trainee signed by the director general and those who complete the three-day programme will be eligible to become an IBA member.
With a limited number of vacancies, anyone wishing to participate should contact Joseph John Grech on 9920 7700 or 7920 0777.