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Contents State of the Union Small and Mighty Why Choose MarineGuard Through The Eyes Of An Apprentice MarineGuard - Company News Youth Sailing
STATE OF THE UNION….. Whilst Brexit has been holding the nation’s attention since our last newsletter, MarineGuard have, thankfully, maintained their focus on delivering the busiest and most successful year since inception. The last twelve months has seen MarineGuard continue to grow and expand with new signings on some of the largest new build projects in the world. Consultancy for new builds and refits has also grown substantially. Constant innovation in our systems is paramount in keeping ahead of the increasingly sophisticated and technology-based threats likely to concern superyacht owners. Innes Miller, our Technical Manager, talks in this edition about our unique philosophy and why our solutions give that extra peace of mind. Some of our solutions come from organic innovation, but often we seek to establish partnerships that enable us to take proven technology from other fields and adapt, modify and improve their application to maritime security using our industry expertise. Our teaming agreement with Drone Defence Services Ltd is a great example of how we work with the best technology providers in the business, to deliver fully integrated, user-friendly systems to our clients. With more than 20 years’ experience designing and installing security systems in ever larger, more technologically advanced superyachts, we aspire to continue to support our systems through to the end of a vessel’s life. We’re currently expanding our capabilities to ensure we can provide service, maintenance and refit to ensure all boats with a MarineGuard system remain ahead of the latest threats – not just new builds. To grow as we are, whilst maintaining our prized quality and service, we continue to recruit the best people, and develop and nurture talent. Ryan Lowbridge, an Apprentice Engineer with MarineGuard, discusses his journey through the company in this issue. We’re very proud of the skills and knowledge base within the company and are committed to protecting our culture and growing in the right way. MarineGuard has again supported a variety of causes this year, from medical detection dogs, to Adele Young’s campaign at the 420 World Championships and the Superyacht Charity Ball, to name but a few. We are truly excited about the year ahead, be it crashing out of the EU or various other political outcomes, we will remain focused on growing and consolidating the company, hopefully at one purpose-built site in the next year, to take us through the next 20 years and beyond.
SMALL AND MIGHTY
MARINEGUARD IS WORKING WITH A DYNAMIC NEW COMPANY PROJECT MANAGING BUILDS FOR OWNERS. BUT WHAT THEY MAY LACK IN MANPOWER THEY CERTAINLY MAKE UP FOR IN EXPERIENCE AND ABILITY. We have always celebrated the plucky small heroes in literature and ﬁlm, but in the superyacht industry, those smaller outﬁts without the clout of a large marketing department often ﬂy under the radar. One such newly formed and, as yet, little-known enterprise has been ﬂexing its muscles with surprising power, and their collaboration with MarineGuard is ongoing. Oceans4 was ﬁrst born in one of the project ofﬁces at Lürssen’s smaller Rendsburg yard. Ian Westman, a yacht captain with many years’ experience, was one of the founding fathers. “I was working on another project, but I shared the same ofﬁces as the other guys, and that’s how we all met. The family culture of Lürssen’s smaller shipyard means that you get to know most people working around you. You often have to step out of your own ﬁeld a bit and help
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“We’re different to larger yacht management ﬁrms because we stay close to the ground,” Ian reveals. “We don’t just work at management level, we have open and ﬂuid communication with the contractors doing the installations, the technicians, the plumbers, the electricians. That has been really important to us,” he adds. Each coming from multiple new-build backgrounds, Ian, Rob and William are striving to run their projects in an alternative manner to
in other departments,” he explains. Ian’s co-founders were Rob Maguire, another captain and project manager, and William Bullen, an engineer with a strong background in electronic and automated marine systems. Winning respect from a previous repeat charter client Rob had captained for, the team earned their ﬁrst big job as the project managers for the build of Lürssen’s 111-metre TIS.
Most importantly for MarineGuard, this small but mighty ﬁrm have become clients, with plenty of opportunity to work together on future projects. Rob Maguire explains
WE LOOKED AT QUITE A FEW COMPANIES, BUT WERE GIVEN A RECOMMENDATION FOR MARINEGUARD. THEY HAD A COMPETITIVE PRICE POINT, AND THEIR SYSTEM WAS FAIRLY SIMPLIFIED AND UNCOMPLICATED.
which they’ve experienced. “It’s vital to treat each worker with respect and decency,” Ian notes. And results are what Oceans4 have certainly achieved with the epic TIS, delivered in early June, 2019. A massive part of their joint success was due to the canny use of project management software, ensuring a scope of communication that crossed time zones and thousands of miles. Adapting the software, the team began to upload information about every minute detail of the build process. “The software is a commercially available product, but we spent 18-months tweaking it to make it boat friendly. There was a lot of trial and error involved, but the second anything is uploaded, it’s globally live,” Ian elaborates. With no manpower to waste, the team have also invested in a 3D camera that can interactively scan a room so that the client can navigate, walk around and zoom in on details in a remote, yet fully immersive, inspection.
more about their decision to use MarineGuard’s systems, “We looked at quite a few companies, but were given a recommendation for MarineGuard. They had a competitive price point, and their system was fairly simpliﬁed and uncomplicated, yet with an outstanding quality of equipment.” Rob also cites his strong relationship with MarineGuard’s CEO Richard Webb, and Project Coordinator Helen Hilditch, as an anchor in their ongoing plans to
Rob and the team have initiated a comprehensive training programme for the crew in order to familiarise themselves with MarineGuard’s systems.
ONCE YO KNOW A SYSTEM, T INGS BECOME A LOT EASIER. MARINEG ARD A E MADE T EIRS ERY SA E SO T AT NO-ONE CAN ACK INTO IT.
use the systems. “As regards to our positive experience with MarineGuard, much of it boils down to communication and the great rapport we have with them,” Rob adds. “They keep us informed of any changes to the system,” he continues. When it comes to futureprooﬁng, Oceans4 are conﬁdent they are in a strong position with MarineGuard systems, “It’s easy enough to add parts to it, and we have plenty of rack space for extra equipment.”
“Once you know a system, things become a lot easier. MarineGuard have made theirs very safe so that no-one can hack into it, but you just need to sit down and learn how to use it,” Rob explains. What both companies share is a culture of
“ W EN IT COMES TO T RE ROO ING, OCEANS4 ARE CON IDENT T EY ARE IN A STRONG OSITION WIT MARINEG ARD SYSTEMS.
innovation, unstiﬂed by towering hierarchies of management and bureaucracy. “We’ve already talked to elen and Richard about future projects. A lot of our decision making comes down to negotiations at the beginning of a project. If you’ve got a large management company involved, sometimes you don’t have the privilege of trying other companies especially if they’re set in their ways. We’re always on the look-out for new and innovative companies that are constantly improving themselves,” Rob reveals. The future for this collaboration looks bright, expansive and ﬁlled with potential.
A T OR’S
Rob Maguire - Oceans4 I was lucky enough to have lived on boats from a very early age spending twelve years of my childhood cruising European waters with my family. At sixteen I was offered a four-year boat building apprenticeship in Australia at Beashel’s Boat yard, during this time I studied Naval Architecture and yacht surveying at college. My ﬁrst introduction to the yachting industry came when I was offered a position on the three Masted Schooner Jessica’ now known as Adix’. I have been working in the professional Yachting industry for the past years having sailed over , nm across the world in all marine environments. My experience had grown with the yachts, and over time has led me to become Captain and roject Manager for many of the world’s largest superyachts.
WHY CHOOSE MARINEGUARD? In my role as Technical Manager, clients often ask me why they should choose a system from MarineGuard. The answer, though simple, is often overlooked as a requirement but is fundamental to the level of protection that a system can offer. The answer is that our system is a dedicated security system, based upon security-industry technology, rather than automation-industry technology, but what does this mean? A security system is fundamentally different from most other systems aboard the yacht in that a security system is required to not only protect the vessel and those aboard, but to protect itself against intentional damage. This concept is well known in the security industry and is referred to as ‘tamper protection’, but it is more than a specification, it is a philosophy. Threat risk profiling shows us quite clearly that the focus is shifting, from traditional ‘brute-force’ attacks to a more technology-backed approach and therefore systems need to be capable of protecting against these threats. The technologically-capable assailant will have an understanding of electronic systems, and how to bypass their defences, so we must protect our systems against attack. At MarineGuard this level of protection is incorporated within the design from the start. During the initial stages of any superyacht project MarineGuard engages early with the shipyards, designers and owner’s teams to share our philosophy of security, enabling security considerations to be accounted for from an early stage. Following a risk analysis, we can determine the level of protection that will be required and choose appropriate products from the wide range of security devices
and systems available. Each system is unique and is tailored to the needs of the owner and the design of the vessel, so early consideration of security is essential. Simple measures, such as protecting critical equipment within controlled areas, are implemented to assist with the physical security of the system. This may be contrary to the ‘centralisation’ agenda, which is often a key-driver of other systems aboard, however these are not security systems. MarineGuard also advise on cabling to equipment and vulnerabilities that may occur in cable-runs, as well as securing rack-mounted infrastructure equipment and operator stations. Within the security system itself we implement many levels of tamper protection, starting with protecting the security devices themselves against unauthorised access, either through physical design or through electronic means. This is where a MarineGuard system differs from those of our competitors; it is based upon both security technology and a security philosophy. From the security devices and detectors right-through to the graphical user interface, all systems are speciﬁcally designed for use within a security system and therefore carry the relevant protection features that are required. For example our intruder detection system is designed with components to EN 50131 standard, compliance with this standard is not possible using non-security or automation-industry components, so we don’t use them. Of course I am unable to share the speciﬁc details of the protection methods that our systems use (you didn’t expect me to, did you?), however as a security professional myself I can assure you that the level of protection afforded is extremely challenging to overcome, even if you have designed the system yourself!
MARINEGUARD ENGAGES EARLY WITH THE SHIPYARDS, DESIGNERS AND OWNER’S TEAMS TO SHARE OUR PHILOSOPHY OF SECURITY.
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It is also our necessary duty to consider protecting our security systems from those already aboard the vessel. Concern regarding the breach of recorded data from within the security system has motivated us to design around surveillance systems which provide the necessary level of protection and access-control to ensure that all surveillance data is kept safely and securely, and for no longer than necessary, which is a factor often overlooked. It is critical that only those with the designated access are able to review, or export, recoded surveillance data and our security systems provide this assurance. At the physical level we work hard with the shipyards and designers to ensure that we can place the core equipment in secure areas that can be monitored easily as part of ordinary security duties. Infrastructure networks are secured and inter-system access is kept to an absolute minimum to prevent compromise. From the above glimpse inside our security systems and what motivates us to design them you can see clearly that, as an experienced superyacht security systems integrator of over 20 years, we consider more than just layout, form and function; going deeper into the requirements enables us to offer signiﬁcantly higher levels of protection to our clients. So, when considering a speciﬁcation for a new security system, ask yourself, does your system integrator consider all these items when designing your yacht’s security system? If not, get in touch with our team and let MarineGuard take care of the speciﬁcation, it’s what we do.
A T OR’S
Innes Miller- Technical Manager, MarineGuard Innes has an established career in engineering and has been with MarineGuard since 2011. He is responsible for delivering MarineGuard’s High-quality systems to meet the client’s exacting requirements. Innes has previous experience in the Military, Oil and Gas sectors as well as 10 years in the Banking sector.
MARINEGUARD - THROUGH THE EYES OF AN APPRENTICE I joined MarineGuard in the summer of 2017 after applying for several engineering apprenticeships. I wanted to make sure that the route I was going down was something that I could stick at and, hopefully, succeed in. I was looking for something versatile, challenging and rewarding. When researching MarineGuard prior to my interview, it was immediately clear that this company and its line of work were completely different to others that I had considered. Here was a company offering the opportunity to work on and develop sophisticated equipment for superyachts. It was this combination of the unique line of work and innovative products that led me to make my application for the apprentice position. I spent my ﬁrst six months at SETA, an engineering training centre that equips apprentices with a base skill set and understanding, which meant I could enter the workplace with a level of competency. I had very little background knowledge of the tools or electrical principles, so this background learning was crucial. After this six-month period, I joined MarineGuard. I have to admit, initially I was very nervous - although I knew the company provided security, I didn’t know anything about the equipment, how it’s made, or how it’s then implemented for use.
My ﬁrst task at MarineGuard was to wire up IR scanners for a particular project. I was shown exactly how to do this and then how to test them; an ideal learning method, and I could appreciate the extents the MarineGuard team will go to, ensuring a top level of work is delivered by their ualiﬁed engineers. With the scanners wired, I then learnt what the recorded values meant and gained an insight to how the equipment works in practice. rom that ﬁrst task, to nearly two years later, and I ﬁnd myself now working on a varied mix of challenging and exciting projects. rom building, testing and conﬁguring cameras, to building the majority of our rack equipment for the intruder system, and to building an array of security equipment that will be installed around the yacht. I’ve been able to gain a solid experience with many of the products that MarineGuard produce, and for each piece of equipment I now have a more thorough understanding of its design and use, just as a ualiﬁed engineer would. MarineGuard have given me more responsibility as my skills develop. What began as me needing constant communication
I FIND MYSELF NOW WORKING ON A VARIED MIX OF CHALLENGING AND EXCITING PROJECTS.
from an engineer, has progressed to me working independently and needing very little input from the engineering team. Over the last six months, I have managed the production stage of a number of build phases through to completion, which indicates how far I have come since joining MarineGuard and how MarineGuard have furthered my competency so I can produce the standard of work necessary. I have also been given the opportunity to work abroad on a couple of the projects, and been required to carry out a particular task independently on location. This meant not only completing work at the expected high standard, but also recording my progress and relaying this to the lead engineer onsite. I embraced the challenge though and the sense of personal reward in achieving what was required of me was immeasurable. I intend to continue learning about the equipment MarineGuard produce and take on more responsibilities as I do so. This apprenticeship with MarineGuard has given me all the opportunities necessary to develop my engineering skills and to help me become a competent engineer. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be completing my apprenticeship at MarineGuard, and to be working with the advanced equipment and security solutions they implement. I look forward to a future as a ualiﬁed engineer at MarineGuard.
AUTHOR’S PROFILE Ryan Lowbridge - Apprentice Engineer The MarineGuard apprenticeship program has now been running for six years. MarineGuard presently has two apprentices in training, studying alongside Southampton Engineering Training Association (SETA) and we will continue to work alongside SETA to train and support the next generation of engineers.
MARINEGUARD - COMPANY NEWS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT In January this year MarineGuard entered into a teaming agreement with Drone Defence Services Ltd, a leading provider of drone defence solutions. This exciting partnership will enable us to work together to meet the ever-growing threat that we are required to tackle.
have been deployed in real world situations and locations with unrivalled success. The company has a wealth of experience in defence and security, combined with a deep understanding of the capabilities of drone technology and its potential.
MarineGuard has already been working steadily to address the growing issue of drones invading privacy and compromising security in the superyacht industry. MarineGuard is now set to expand its security offer as a result of the teaming agreement with Drone Defence. This will reinforce MarineGuard’s position as the market leader for marine security systems. Drone Defence have real capability in this space and a wealth of knowledge about the technology. Equally important, especially for the marine sector, is their approach from the user’s perspective.
Drone Defence has developed several solutions to provide superyachts with detection and countermeasure technology for complete protection. Detection utilises leading-edge software-deﬁned radio technology and deep learning algorithms to deliver real-time drone detection capability, providing superior range, reliability and performance over traditional detection methods.
Based in Worksop, UK, and with clients across the globe, Drone Defence is a leading provider of drone countermeasure solutions. Drone Defence have developed a number of unique products within the drone defence industry that
Drone Defence’s countermeasure systems are based on similar Radio re uency technology with ﬁxed or mobile variants providing an effective ‘no drone zone’ around the yacht, which drones are unable to penetrate. We will keep you updated about this exciting development…
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COMPANY NEWS MarineGuard continues to grow, as the demand for our market leading security systems increase and the complexity of projects dictate. We welcomed several new faces to the Company. Joining the Project Team is Kirsty Ross, who brings with her a strong engineering background having previously worked at Raymarine in the defence sector. Mike Burgess, Lloyd Tawana, and Matt Dominey join our Engineering Division and Olly Barnett is MarineGuard’s latest apprentice, working in with the CAD team. It’s been another busy year of Boat Shows, industry functions and charity events, and MarineGuard has been out in force, sharing the latest advancements in security.
SUPERYACHT CHARITY BALL
SPRING BOAT SHOWS
At the end of March MarineGuard attended the Superyacht Charities Ball, which was again held in Southampton. This annual event attracts professionals from all across the industry, as well as an international contingent of guests. MarineGuard has been a supporter of the event since its onset and we are proud to continue to do so. Derek Munro and the team at Superyacht Charities work tirelessly organising this event, plus many others and are able to distribute the funds raised to many worthy causes. www.superyachtcharities.com
The Boat show season gets underway each spring with the Palma Superyacht Show in late April, closely followed by the Superyacht Show in Barcelona, before the summer break and then show time picks up again in September. The Palma Superyacht Show has enjoyed significant growth and is now a stalwart event on the annual calendar. The MarineGuard team were in attendance and it was an excellent opportunity to meet up with old friends and make plenty of new contacts as well.
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CHARITY CLAY SHOOT This year the Superyacht Charity Shoot for Medical Detection Dogs returned to the Royal Berkshire Shooting School, and attending teams were treated to a glorious summer sunshine as they made their way around the stages, before returning for a fabulous lunch and the charity auction. The event was organised by Rob Dubsky from Yachtmasters, who champions the ground-breaking work of the Medical Detection Dogs and arranges this event in support of their charity. MarineGuard are already looking forward to next year, which will hopefully feature some straighter shooting from our team! www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk
GLORIOUS GOODWOOD This has become a bit of a tradition for us at MarineGuard, and we were delighted to host our guests at Glorious Goodwood in May. This year the weather gods were on our side and the Sussex Downs basked in sunshine. Attended by Ownersâ€™ Representatives and their technical teams, itâ€™s a thrilling day of racing and entertainment and a good time was had by all. The Qatar Festival lived up to its reputation this year as one of the highlights of the English summer, the weather on our side and even some of the horses complied for a few of the guests!! An outstanding day was had by all. We look forward to next year.
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On the third of August 1 Dan and I headed out to the SA for the 4 World Championships in Rhode Island. We had a few days of training before the event started and our focus was on the venue and learning the tide, as well as practicing our starts. We sailed in different areas during training, to gather as much information as possible to help us during the event and despite the unfamiliar waters, we were making good speed. Our measurement was taken well ahead of the ﬁrst race, and we were given the seal of approval. With nothing to hold us back, we were raring to go Racing started on the 10th of August and commenced with a day of light winds as was to be the pattern for much of the event. The ﬁrst day was uite disappointing for us as we had two races where we ﬁnished around th in the ﬂeet. Much to our disappointment, the second day of racing was abandoned due to lack of wind. As we moved into the third day we had time to make up for, and these next two races went a lot better we had good boat speed and our starts were spot-on. One start saw us pull off a pin end ﬂyer, which felt ama ing We climbed up the leader board and were delighted with our consistent performance, even though the racecourse had proven to be tricky and unpredictable.
As we moved into the last day of qualifying, the pressure was on - we knew we had to achieve some impressive results to get into gold ﬂeet and redeem ourselves from the ﬁrst day. Despite two pretty consistent races, it unfortunately wasn’t enough and we sat four points off gold ﬂeet at the split. A huge disappointment for us - achieving gold ﬂeet had been our goal for the event. However, the show goes on and we were committed to giving our best performance in the race ﬂeet we were in. Day ﬁve’s racing saw a huge gain feature on the right hand side of the course with a huge tide line. If you were ﬁrst out to the right hand side of the course on day ﬁve, it would’ve been an easy win This tide line made starting very difﬁcult though and led
to a lot of black ﬂags. We received two black ﬂags ourselves and a mid ﬂeet result, which was gutting leading into the ﬁnal day of racing. On the ﬁnal day we decided to go out, have fun, give it all we’d got and, hopefully, the results would deliver. Over three races we secured a 14th, 1 th and a th. The wind had picked up a bit for the last two races and that certainly made things more exciting - we had large waves and our skills were truly tested. During the second race we sailed well, gaining on each leg, however we made a few mistakes including having to do a penalty turn which then lost us time that we had just gained. In the ﬁnal race we executed one of our best starts ever Our speed was good the whole way round the course and we
ﬁnished the race with a brilliant reach, crossing the line with smiles on our faces. Overall we didn’t get the result that we had hoped for, but we learnt a lot from our experience in America and it was a really important experience for the team, with some testing racing. Our ﬁnal placing was th overall. I would like to say a huge thank you to MarineGuard for helping send us to the World Championships. The experience was incredible, despite our end result. There were huge areas of learning which will be taken further into our sailing careers and many memories made that will stay with us for many years to come. Once again, huge thanks to MarineGuard for making it possible
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