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MaritiMe Security Barbed wire is an effective barrier against pirates boarding a ship denizens they are meant to protect against, but also that any such potential looting by pirates could mean international maritime organized crime is, in fact, strengthened at this critical time. At AdvanFort, we have been able to offer a unique alternative to these concerns with our predeployed operator support vessel (OSV) network in the piracy High Risk Area in and around the Gulf of Aden. This market-driven remedy for those seeking secure transit in Baker Marine Solutions Marine Assurance, Consulting & Survey Solution Baker Marine Solutions is a leading provider of marine assurance and consulting services, performing DP assurance, OCIMF- OVID inspections, IMCA CMID inspections, & marine warranty surveys as well as onboard marine representation, and project/ vessel management services. BMS has provided in depth analysis for most major oil companies, on some of the largest most sophisticated offshore vessels operating in the industry today. BMS has the capabilities to provide clients with concise, non-biased risk mitigation services. This allows our customers to make decisions in a safe, consistent, cost efficient manner in an ever changing as well as, time sensitive environment. Providing Solutions For The Marine And Energy Industries Baker Marine Solutions 638 Village Lane North Suite E Mandeville, La. 70471 985-845-9439 • 16 MARINE LOG July 2013 one of the world’s most dangerous maritime regions is an example of how publicly-lauded “best practices’ also make bottom-line sense for those who need it the most. The OSV fleet, composed of long endurance vessels, has created the AdvanFort’s Secure Corridor positioned on the commercial shipping lanes in pirate-infested water in the Red Sea, the Somali Basin, Arabian Sea, and Indian Ocean. In doing so, we have created a distinct set of advantages for all ship owners and operators, because the Secure Corridor means we have been able to help them avoid route changes, delays and unscheduled stops—all of this enables our clients to stop by, pick up and drop off guards in 30 minutes or less. Our route-specific intelligence assessments together with the strategicallydeployed OSVs allows us to wait for our clients rather than forcing them to wait. Thus, not only does AdvanFort manage its costs and pass the savings to its clients, but also helps it take control of delivery, ensuring that its teams are ready well in advance of embarkations and disembarkations. In the context of this increasingly-complex debate about “floating armories” and the very real possibility that U.S. companies will soon be banned from using them, OSVs win points for not being “unregulated” in the same way floating armories are. Let us be clear: Unlike the floating armories, AdvanFort does not use our OSVs to charge thirdparty guards (i.e. private “cowboy” operators) for storage of weapons and ammunition. Additionally, AdvanFort also restricts access—allowing only those who are extensively vetted and highly trained AdvanFort guards. Because of this above-board, onboard focus, we have the opportunity to work closely with local officials, harbor masters and others that are vital to improving and strengthening operations. We also take strong measures to make sure its weapons/ammunition are not hijacked by pirates/terrorists. The AdvanFort model is based on economic “best practices” for clients, not part of the apparent skull-duggery of avoiding arms smuggling laws when docked in foreign ports, which is why our OSVs have been the focus of independent praise. Finally, the AdvanFort OSV model is the best way to ensure that legitimate use of floating armories is not forced underground, leaving clients worldwide at new risk from piracy. As a result, AdvanFort welcomes additional regulations, as it expects these will promote even more state-of-theart OSV practices. ■

July 2013 Marine Log Magazine

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