Our focus beyond counter piracy work is about working with the offshore industry to allow them to operate free of incident.
We support clients in the following specialist areas of business:
- seismic survery
- supply vessels
- gas and oil offshore platforms
- health, safety and security audits and assessments
- port security audits and assessments
Oil and gas platforms
Managing and maintaining the security of an oil and gas platform and its associated supply chain is a significant challenge, particularly in areas of heightened threat.
To protect oil and gas platforms, we implement a tried and tested approach that includes:
- physical audit and on scene presence
- reinforcing and monitoring perimeters
- implementing the latest security technology
- providing physical security training for all staff in security awareness
- supplying the right personnel
- adapting existing corporate security procedures to fit the threat
- conducting regular Quality Assurance (QA) audits and security exercises
- implementing 24/7 emergency response security protection
- drawing on local intelligence and research
Initial security audit
It is essential that a base line survey is carried out early on. To do this, we carry out technical and physical inspections of existing security systems, specifically looking at:
- methods and systems of delivery/entry to the platform
- possible covert methods of entry into the supply chain by third parties
- delivery methods of equipment and supplies (by surface and air)
- the exit muster points, possible safe rooms and escape routes
- vetting and access procedures/systems
- security awareness training
- existing security procedures and security incident reaction plans
- communication systems (internal and external) including physical structure of platforms (such as blind spots and vulnerable areas)
Reinforcing and monitoring perimeters
Platforms often need to be 'hardened' to potential threats, whether that involves:
- bolstering physical barriers
- implementing radar/sonar/sensor/visual detection equipment, or identifying an existing area to be used as a 'safe room'
Our team of technical experts and partners can assist in the construction of defences quickly and efficiently.
Implementing the latest security technology - design and installation
We have a team at MAST that focuses exclusively on the design and installation of security technology for the maritime environment. They design, install and support robust and bespoke security systems from the ground up, using tightly integrated components that meet the unique requirements and challenges of vessels and platforms. Comprising high quality CCTV, access control, and emergency lock-down and intrusion detection technology, these systems are designed to complement existing physical security measures and procedures, and can be implemented from the blue print phase or as enhancements to the existing security architecture set-up.
Providing physical security protection
At MAST, we use a layered approach to security, which combines physical and technical measures, including:
Patrol vessels and Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RIBS)
The patrol vessels will monitor and maintain the integrity of the 'identification' and 'exclusion' zones and act as a mother ship for the RIBS. Security teams are placed on board the patrol vessels and, in the event of an incident, RIBS are dispatched to intercept approaching unidentified vessels. As well as protecting platforms, the same approach can be used to protect supply and survey vessels.
We will adopt a layered and integrated approach to security using a combination of physical and technical systems. This will include the creation of 'identification' and 'exclusion' zones, which will be monitored by surveillance systems (technical and physical) and patrolled by vessels and fast intercept craft. The same system would be applied for Drilling Rigs and Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) units. An integrated security plan would be produced for all activity in the area of operations, as well as coverage on the journey to and from the field, as required.
Seismic survey vessels
Seismic and geosurvey vessels can be inherently difficult to protect and this makes them vulnerable. Not only are they restricted in their ability to manoeuvre, but they often have limited perimeter protection so as not to impede streamers and other technical equipment. Lack of onboard space is another problem. It is often very difficult to accommodate a security team alongside the existing crew.
At MAST we have developed a range of services designed to give these vessels an additional layer of protection over and above any security measures they may already have in place. These range from the review of a bridging document from a security perspective right through to the provision of an armed or unarmed security team or escort vessel.
Counter piracy and risk assessments
Using our own experienced analysts and a variety of regional sources, we can conduct independent risk assessments to assist a client prepare for operation in a high risk area.
Our clients depend on us for accurate and timely intelligence information to help them make critical security decisions or inform vessels of potential trouble spots while at sea.
From country briefs to specific briefs on ports, vessel routes or areas of particular interest, we can conduct the detailed assessments needed to determine the risk posed by threats like piracy or criminal activity.
Physical security and protection: layered and integrated approach (patrol vessels and RIBS)
Depending on client requirements, we adopt different approaches to the security of seismic/geophysical/geotechical vessels. Security personnel (armed or unarmed, depending upon requirement and national laws) can be placed on board the supply vessel although constraints of space may not always allow this. In addition, we can provide patrol vessels and rapid intercept vessels with security personnel on board, and establish exclusion zones and movement corridors in which security teams (armed or unarmed) will respond to unidentified or suspicious vessels. To assist in the management of vessel movement and security, we can provide a security adviser who can be based at the maritime command centre or at the client's preferred location. Our secure, 24/7 tracking system, RockStar, can also be used to help clients maintain situational awareness of the vessel. This is a discrete standalone device that will operate independently of a ships navigation and satellite communication system (see above).