Citadel Rooms: An Option, Not a Solution

November 12, 2010

Within the past six months, more and more stories about pirate attacks are mentioning the crew of the attacked vessel gathering in the strong room or Citadel of the vessel. In fact, just last week, a tanker crew retreated to the Citadel as pirates boarded. The pirates, in an attempt to gain access to the Citadel, fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the room only to have the RPG bounce back, injuring three of the pirates. Wouldn’t you have loved to see the pirates faces when that happened? Read the rest of this entry »

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MSC Yacht Industry Security Conference

October 18, 2010

The Maritime Security Council will host a Yacht Industry Security Conference in St. Thomas, USVI on January 11, 2011.

This event will gather together an elite group of government and yachting industry professionals to discuss the pertinent security issues facing the international yachting and small maritime vessel community and their host nation governments.

The agenda for this meeting will focus on identifying security “best practices” appropriate for application to the yachting industry, and serve to prevent the yachting industry from becoming an avenue for the introduction of threats into yachting marinas throughout the hemisphere.

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Strait of Hormuz Puts Spotlight on Maritime Terrorism

August 26, 2010

The Strait of Hormuz has never been the safest of navigable waters and on the night of 28 July the heavily laden VLCC M.STAR was apparently attacked by terrorists who used a waterborne Improvised Explosive Device (IED) to try and damage or sink the vessel. This new threat vector has sent shock waves through the tanker industry and has the navies of the United States and its allies scrambling to find a want to mitigate the new threat. Read the rest of this entry »


Welcome to the MSC Blog

August 16, 2010

Welcome to the Maritime Security Council blog.  The intent of the MSC Blog is to provide our membership and readers with expert insights and analysis on maritime and supply chain security issues.  We’ve created this as a forum for delving deeper into the security issues that impact the maritime environment and hopefully, through our discussions, we will draw some conclusions that can help the industry as a whole.

The MSC – established in 1988 – is a not-for-profit, international organization that serves as an advocate for the security interests of the global maritime and supply chain environments.  Our mission is to advance the security of the international maritime community by representing maritime interests before government bodies; acting as liaison between industry and government; collecting and disseminating timely information; encouraging the development of industry-specific technologies; and providing training and accreditation for our membership and government partners.