It is IMSA’s intent to offer our customers an unrivalled personnel service.Our associates have the widest possible knowledge of the maritime security industry, borne out of experience and a skill base that has been tested at the forefront of maritime security provision world wide.IMSA aims to provide experienced and qualified operatives who reflect the high standards and reputation that IMSA associates have established in the industry.We have a large database of maritime security professionals with experience in the following disciplines:
- Project Management Coordination
- Team Leadership
Our associates have practical experience in the following areas of maritime security:
- All aspects of ISPS code implementation
- Maritime counter-terrorism
- Ship and port operations
- Cruise industry
- Chemical oil & gas offshore
- Cable laying/ROV
- Diving operations
- Anti piracy
- Private yacht industry
- Seamanship and craft handling in the maritime security environment
IMSA brings unmatched operational experience and the widest set of maritime skills, which together make IMSA Ltd any company’s first choice for maritime security advice, provision and personnel.
IMSA’s training department teaches ISPS Code MCA approved Ship, Company and DfT accredited Port Facility Security Officer Courses. The company has also designed and delivered bespoke courses, including the SSO Plus course which is aimed at providing the individual with only limited seagoing experience, a taste of what guarding a ship going in harm’s way involves. Training can also be conducted in small craft operation and small ship handling.Our training is principally conducted in Poole but the company often trains at a client’s facilities overseas, which can prove very cost-effective. IMSA is recognised by the UK Armed Forces’ Career Transition Partnership as a recommended maritime security training provider for individuals leaving after long Service to embark on a new career.
IMSA’s people provide survey, preparation, hardening, training, mentoring and security to ships operating in piracy-prone areas. Whilst our preference is that this can normally be achieved without resorting to arming our people, we are increasingly providing armed teams to ships in the Indian Ocean. When there is no alternative but to arm, we provide not only people with a lifetime experience of weapons at sea, but also re-qualify them on full-bore ranges on the weapons they will be bringing with them as part of mobilisation, certificating them accordingly for clients’ peace of mind. IMSA has also put much thought into the difficult question of responsibility when weapons have to be used on board a civilian manned ship. The company’s solution has resulted in an innovative approach to Rules for the Use of Force which goes a long way to removing the headache of “Who’s in charge?” The company’s data base of PCASP who are so qualified, also keeps records of the types of ships with which the PCASP are familiar. Ships carrying hazardous cargoes will only ever receive PCASP who are familiar with the constraints on live weapons fire imposed by that sort of cargo. If all our PCASP with a particular cargo qualification are already deployed, IMSA Ltd will say so and look to recruit others in short order, keeping the prospective client informed.
Although IMSA’s people without exception, had many years of maritime security experience as individuals, the company cut its teeth providing consultancy advice for ports in the run-up to ISPS Code vesting day in 2004. The advice took the form of security audits and surveys of existing infrastructure and practices, assistance with writing port facility plans and implementation of new procedures to ensure compliance with the new Code. This advice was given to port authorities and governments, and the underlying added benefit was the improvement in efficiency that accompanied improved security procedures.
Subsequently the company has provided security consultancy on a range of projects from new build LNG production plants to specialised offshore operations in high risk areas, to the provision of interdiction craft to protect afloat assets.