Expanded Operations

Maritime security concern Sea Marshals has expanded its UK operations centre and introduced the latest tracking technology.

Sea Marshals ramps up operation

Maritime security concern Sea Marshals has expanded its UK operations centre and introduced the latest tracking technology.

The company has transferred its operations centre to larger premises in Cardiff to accommodate its growing team of security consultants. The unit is staffed 24/7 by expert personnel, most with Naval, or Army backgrounds and experience in planning and tracking.

Sea Marshals has also introduced a custom-built computerised system to facilitate direct contact with its teams on board vessels in high risk areas (HRA). The new system allows for automated location tracking of vessels, weapons and personnel.

Through co-operation with regional and international authorities, Sea Marshals is able to give its on board teams and Masters live piracy alerts with range estimation and threat levels.

Advanced notification systems, monitored 24 hours per day, enable operations centre staff to warn shipowners and operators and give route guidance.

Thomas Jakobsson, chief of operations for Sea Marshals, said: “This bespoke system was developed specifically for Sea Marshals. It is really world class software developed in-house to meet the business and customers’ needs. We are delighted that it enables us to provide first-rate communications between our operations centre and vessels under our protection, enabling us to keep captains up to speed with updates of threats in the area their vessel is transiting in.”

Source: Tanker Operator

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