Gerry Northwood at MAST – Designer Security for Superyachts

Gerry is the Chief Operating Officer of MAST. Since leaving the Royal Navy, where he reached the rank of Captain, he has enjoyed success in applying his hard won operations experience and skills to the commercial sector. During his naval career he commanded operations against Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean and narcotics smugglers in the Caribbean. He played a key role in the creation of the European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and for this he was awarded an OBE.

Designer security for superyachts

The requirement for security in a superyacht is a function of budget, environment and lifestyle. At one end of the spectrum a yacht that spends its life in a very secure marina, has a small and trusted crew, and an owner whose protection as a high-net-worth individual matches his or her environment and lifestyle, will perhaps require only basic locking arrangements and alarm systems. At the other end, a superyacht that visits exotic and potentially dangerous places will need to take a very different approach to security. In this instance, fitting high-tech surveillance and alarm systems, and supplementing those with experienced manpower ready to handle a difficult situation, may be vital. Both have the same objective – to keep people safe. But the means to achieve this will be different.
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