At BW, we are committed to protecting the security of our seafarers, vessels and cargo at sea. Our counter-piracy strategy is guided by the principle of defence – that we have measures in place to deter attacks and safeguard the well-being of all on board. BW’s fleet security team follows a set of rigorous operational procedures, and relies on a number of intelligence resources to evaluate the risk of sea routes, and provide guidance on the most strategic route of travel.
All vessels transiting high-security areas follow a set of regularly updated guidelines which respect various reporting requirements as defined by the UK Maritime Trade Organizations, the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), various national authorities, flag states and charterers. Anti-piracy gear, such as razor wire and water hoses, are fitted on board vessels to deter hostile boarding.
We were also one of the first ship operators to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, which contains rules and requirements for carriers and terminals to significantly improve vessel and port security against international terrorism.
We are committed to providing an appropriate level of security mitigating the risks to sea staff and assets in all areas where maritime security is compromised. In order to achieve this we shall:
- Follow national and international guidelines regarding security and piracy
- Comply with current Best Management Practices (BMP) as far as reasonable and practicable
- Evaluate voyage risks based on vessels' trading and charter commitments
- Analyse gathered intelligence with due regard to the proposed voyage
- Carry out a vessel risk profile for each voyage based on vessel parameters and particulars
- Assign accredited Private Maritime Security Contractors (PMSC) when required