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[MUSIC PLAYING] These are security conscious times. The baggage that we routinely shuttle on and off our ships is a point of extreme vulnerability. Bags come and go, they're portable and they offer concealment for anyone who might be up to no good. [MUSIC PLAYING] So who knows what might be in a package like this one, concealed in its plain, brown wrapper. Security searches are a critical part of our efforts to keep our crews and our vessels safe. [MUSIC PLAYING] Before any searches or questioning, establish the identity of anyone seeking to board a vessel. Confirm their credentials for doing so. These boarding credentials include joining instructions, passenger tickets, boarding passes, work orders, and any specific company or ship identification. Do you have some ID, sir? If there any problems or irregularities in identification, notify a ship's officer or port facility official immediately. Detain those attempting to board until their credentials are confirmed. [MUSIC PLAYING] Those attempting to board should be warned that they are subject to a thorough search. This policy should be posted in plain sight at any point of potential embarkation and in the appropriate languages. [MUSIC PLAYING] Ship security requires coordinated communication among ship security officers, company security officers, and port facility security officers. The best security system screens individuals, baggage, and cargo, well before they even get near a ship. This requires a close working relationship between your ship and each and every port facility where it docks and does its business. [MUSIC PLAYING] The ISPS Code explicitly states that, in liaison with the port facility, the ship should ensure that designated secure areas are established in which inspections and searching of persons, baggage, including carry-on items, personal effects, vehicles, and their contents can take place. What we have done here is to search the baggage and the persons who are trying to board your ship, whether it is a crew member, passenger, visitor, anybody. It doesn't matter. Ravi Shankar is an experienced Seaman and consultant who helps train ship's officers and crews in vessel security. You have done a good job of looking at all the details of the bags and the contents and looking at the IDs of people. In this particular port, there are two security stations manned by the ship's crew, one at dockside and the other at the top of the gangway. [MUSIC PLAYING] At all times before, during, and after a search procedure, exercise courtesy and demonstrate respect for the rights of the individuals you are dealing with. Search personnel should be polite, methodical, and careful to not inflict damage on the personal possessions of others. Ask permission to open packages or containers inside the baggage. [MUSIC PLAYING] During any search process, it's important to work in teams, at least two of you, and to use proper equipment. This includes radios, a flashlight for illumination, plastic gloves to protect both the searchers and the items they're handling and a stick or rod to probe gently through clothing and mixed items. [MUSIC PLAYING] The guidance for ship security and for conducting security searches is in the ship's security plan. This plan is a result of a thorough security assessment, and it contains detailed policies and procedures. The ship security plan provides checklists and areas of emphasis, defines roles and responsibilities, and offers detailed instructions for how to respond to different marine security levels, one, two, or three. The acronym MARSEC, short for Marine Security, is often used interchangeably with the term security level. As far as searching baggage goes, the security plan might specify that only random baggage searches occur at security level one, that at least half the baggage be searched at level two, and that every piece of baggage is searched at security level three. [MUSIC PLAYING] Because a box or package is sealed, doesn't mean it isn't subject to search. Ask permission, then open all sealed boxes, packages, and containers. Try to do no damage to contents, but inspect them carefully. Containers within other containers are always subject to search. If you do not know what an item is, ask. If you're not satisfied with the explanation, get the ship security officer for help. [MUSIC PLAYING] The guidance for unaccompanied baggage will depend on the ship's security plan and, again, the MARSEC level in place. For special screening, like x-raying, the ship and the port will coordinate their efforts with the port taking the lead wherever possible. The ISPS Code specifies that at security level one, unaccompanied baggage be screened or searched up to and including 100% of the time, and this may include x-ray screening. At security level two, ISPS specifies that additional security measures are to be applied, and that these measures should include 100% x-ray screening of unaccompanied baggage. At security level three, the extreme threat level where an incident may be imminent, ISPS requires ships to comply with all threat instructions specific to the incident. To Institute more extensive screening, such as x-rays from several angles, to place tighter restrictions on unaccompanied baggage, including refusal to accept unaccompanied baggage at all during the security level three condition. The captain can say no to any unaccompanied baggage if the vessel is in MARSEC three. In MARSEC two, you've got to open it. At least 50% percent of the baggage has got to checked. And you go up to at least 10 to 15% during MARSEC one. [MUSIC PLAYING] Searchers should ask if there is anything they should be alerted to before they begin their search. It makes a significant difference if a gun or other weapon is declared openly or concealed, for instance. Proper procedure when you do find something suspicious is immediately to call for assistance, from either the ship board security officer or port facility security officer or both. Detainee the individual indefinitely and wait for help. Do not disturb or move suspicious objects or weapons. Like everything else in ship security, use extra vigilance and common sense. Be on the lookout for out of the ordinary behavior and suspicious baggage. Now here's a review of the main points we've covered. Establish the identity of everyone trying to board your ship. Post your search policy in plain view. Work closely with port facility security. Establish a secure search area. Exercise courtesy and respect the rights of those you are searching. Work in teams with the proper equipment. Use the ship security plan as your guide. Open all sealed boxes and packages. Treat unaccompanied baggage with special attention as dictated by your security plan and the security level. And call for help immediately if you find something suspicious. Ship security begins with proper control of the cargo, baggage, and personnel associated with that ship. With proper procedures and training, security searches can be accomplished professionally and courteously to the benefit of everyone on board and on shore.

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Posted by: maritimetraining on Apr 23, 2018


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