Critical update information, prior STCW endorsements expiring in 2016
Subject: International convention on standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers, 1978, as amended, endorsement(s) as Vessel Personnel With Designated Security Duties and for Security Awareness
National Maritime Center CG-CVC Policy Letter NO. 12-06
For those merchant mariners who have been “endorsed” under the CG-CVC Policy Letter NO. 12-06 policy letter of 2012, under documentation attesting to one of the following 1)six months in the preceding three years at a designated security duty 2)six months in the preceding three years at shipboard designated security functions or 3)successful completion of a USCG approved training course will by or before January 1, 2017 need to complete an STCW training conducted by an approved USCG course provider. Completion of the STCW course will be necessary to have MMC endorsements validated. Call IMSN today to schedule corporate or individual classroom training to meet STCW mandated security training.
News Flash NCS a partner with IMSN was recognized for it outstanding work.
Dec. 17, 2015
HACP Commends Contracted Security Guards for Exemplary Service During December Commissioners Meeting
During the Dec. 17, 2015, Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) Board of Commissioners meeting, HACP commissioners and staff formally recognized the efforts of five private security guards who provide service to HACP's low-income public housing communities.
HACP’s first “Above Baseline Services Awards” were presented by Joy Pekar-Miller, Director of Public Safety. Maurita Bryant, Assistant Chief of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, joined Ms. Pekar-Miller for the presentation.
The primary duty for HACP’s security guards is to uphold the agency’s mission of ensuring the safety and security of its residents. Guards employed by the three companies contracted by HACP are held to a high standard and expected to perform at a high level every day.
The Above Baseline Service Award is given in recognition of security guards who go above and beyond reasonable expectations for a subcontractor of the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh. This award is provided in recognition of security guards who have provided exemplary service for HACPresidents.
“HACP is very pleased to recognize five individuals who have acted with courage and distinction in their efforts to help keep HACP communities safe and secure,” Ms. Pekar-Miller said.
Provided below are details about each of the Above Baseline Services Award recipients.
Jeremy Brentley and Adam Van Houten (of Nease Security) – are receiving this award for their outstanding observation skills and immediate action to detain a suspect after he fired a weapon and injured a victim. On September 5, 2015, Mr. Brentley and Mr. Van Houten witnessed a male suspect fire a weapon into the side of a building at Allegheny Dwellings. The bullets ricocheted and struck a passerby. Mr. Brentley and Mr. Van Houten were able to apprehend the shooter.
Dante Miller (of OSA Global) – is receiving this award due to his keen investigative skills and sense of urgency when assisting Pittsburgh Police in locating a robbery suspect at Pressley Street High Rise. On Oct. 9, 2015, Zone 1 Police sought Mr. Miller’s help to find a robbery suspect. Mr. Miller provided the apartment number that the suspect indicated he would be visiting; however, he had gone elsewhere. After reviewing previous sign in sheets and utilizing surveillance footage, and working all angles. Mr. Miller was able to determine another apartment that the suspect may have visited. Police were able to apprehend him.
Michael Miklavic (of OSA Global) – is receiving this award for remaining calm while making a successfully preventing a suicide attempt. On Oct. 22, 2015, the fire alarm was triggered. Mr. Miklavic rushed to the area of the alarm and found a woman with a broken jagged broomstick pointed at her throat. He was able to get the stick from her and, shortly, after was able to able to restrain the woman after she attempted to jump out of the window from the 10th floor of a high rise building.
Ashley Bryant (of OSA Global) – is receiving this award for rushing to the aide of an unconscious resident. On November 4, 2015, Ms. Bryant utilized the on-site cameras and noticed someone falling to the ground. She ran to investigate and performed CPR on a resident who had passed out on the lawn at the Pressley Street High Rise. The resident was revived and transported to the hospital when paramedics arrived.
The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh has contracts with Nease Consulting LLC, OSA Global, and Am-Guard, to provide security services at communities owned and operated by HACP. Our contracted firms work in concert with the HACP Department of Public Safety and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
International Maritime Security Network is a company comprised of individuals from the maritime, military and law enforcement industries and was built from the ground up to support the Maritime Industry through education and security. With more than 40 years combined industry experience, IMSN strives to impart the practical knowledge, tactical capability and an invaluable sense of responsibility to provide for more secure clients and safer seas. IMSN is the recognized leader in online and classroom maritime security training and offers the only anti-piracy course certified by Det Norske Veritas. Additionally, IMSN offers USCG/DNV certified STCW security training for Vessel Security Officers (VSOs) and Vessel/Ship Personnel with Security Duties as required by the Manila Amendments. This STCW security training is also applicable for crewmembers of yachts that fall under SOLAS. As a DNV certified maritime training centre, IMSN can provide training at our training facilities or aboard vessels while sailing underway.
In addition to our Training and Yacht Services Divisions, IMSN’s Force Protection Division provides highly trained security teams for deployment on commercial vessels transiting high-risk waters with a focus on the Gulf of Guinea,Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. IMSN stresses various non-lethal deterrence methods, as part of our force continuum philosophy, to mitigate the risks of potentially hostile situations. But should deterrence fail, IMSN emphasizes defense through preparedness and proper training. Our force protection division, comprised of the highest caliber individuals with Special Forces or related military background, can provide armed and unarmed security teams. Our security specialists can run force-on-force drills and exercises to test security measures and plans for vessels and port facilities. When security and discretion matters the most, industry leaders know they can depend on IMSN.
International Maritime Security Network (IMSN) has now been approved by the Maritime Administration to provide Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act 2010 (CVSSA ) training in accordance to Model Course CVSSA 11-01. CVSSA requires passenger vessels to implement various regulations to promote safety and security. New requirements include technology for detecting falls overboard, recording evidence of possible crimes, hailing devices, security guides, peep holes in doors, sexual assault training, mandated crime statistics reporting and crime scene preservation training. The new law strives to make a safer environment for millions of cruise ship passengers who vacation on the high seas.
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