Maritime security implementation – International petroleum company
Venture Risk Management received a short notice request to arrange an armed team of Tanzania People’s Defence Force (TPDF) with expatriate security coordinators to support an American petroleum company in the movement of two vessels from their concession offshore Mozambique to Kenya. We were able to immediately gain approval from TPDF and began planning for the movement of a mixed local and expatriate 12 man team from Dar es Salaam to Mtwara.
We moved the team securely on some 500km on poor roads, arranged overnight accommodation in Mtwara and a vessel to transport the team out to the two ships. An RV was arranged offshore Mtwara and the team deployed where they established a passage security plan and detailed response procedures with the Masters and Crew. During the transit the vessel was tracked and the team were provided with intelligence updates from our management team.
The transit continued without incident to the Kenyan border where a second Venture Risk Management vessel met with the ships and cross-decked the team returning them back to the mainland. The client was able to transit Tanzanian waters with minimal risk exposure at very short notice and without any time loss on their schedule. This was due to excellent operational and logistics procedures and arrangements in place.
Maritime security risk assessment, unarmed escort and response planning – International seismic company
We were tasked by an international seismic company to provide maritime security services to a survey project off the East African coast. The first phase of the project involved ensuring the safety of a low sided, slow survey vessel in transit across the Indian Ocean. To meet this challenge, one of our senior risk consultants was initially tasked to conduct a detailed intelligence-driven passage risk assessment of the vessel’s intended transit from Indonesia to Tanzania.
A passage security plan and detailed response procedures were produced and an unarmed Maritime Security Team (MST) deployed to provide embarked security assurance. The MST conducted an on-board ship vulnerability assessment and subsequently assisted the crew with the implementation of best management practices, which included vessel hardening, the training of the crew in security awareness and the coordination of anti-piracy emergency drill exercises.
During the transit, the vessel was constantly tracked and provided with regular information and intelligence updates on the prevailing security threat. At one point in the transit, a pirate mother vessel was identified operating in the area and the intelligence provided enabled the decision to select an alternative route to avoid the threat. Concurrently there was the need to project manage the coordination of movement of three security escort vessels. These vessels were tracked from Muscat and Durban to Dar-es-Salaam, where they all married up and made preparations to provide an armed security exclusion zone over the data acquisition phase of the project.
To facilitate the data acquisition operation, our MST members of each vessel were integrated with an embarked armed government security force naval detachment. The vessels were deployed in formation to maintain a high level of vigilance, early warning and to impose and maintain the exclusion zone.
A robust security plan and procedures were developed to support the operation, which incorporated the rules on use of force, ensuring that the progressive escalation of applied force was appropriate and proportionate. Our MST also mentored the government naval detachment and coordinated emergency drills, which gave the crew the confidence and ability to conduct their operations successfully and without interruption.