Maritime security firm accreditation scheme launched

The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has announced its selection of National Security Inspectorate (NSI) as its independent assessor of maritime security companies, after a competitive tendering process.

According to SAMI its Accreditation Programme has three distinct stages:  due diligence of the company’s commercial standing, practices and supporting documentation; an office verification of the administrative, logistical and operational procedures to ensure that maritime security operations are conducted to a professional standard; and finally checks of deployed teams to ensure that company procedures are being followed.

Accreditations will begin in early November and it is anticipated that the entire process will take between four to six months depending upon the size of the company.

The SAMI Accreditation Programme has been developed in line with the IMO's revised MSC Circular 1405 and upholds Circulars 1406 and 1408, as well as additional industry best practices.

SAMI director, Peter Cook explained:

“It was prudent for the SAMI Accreditation Programme to employ an independent, third-party to implement the scheme. Our choice of NSI was clear due to their thorough approach to inspection processes and knowledge and experience of the security sector”.