UN’s World Maritime University Adopts US-developed Maritime Security Training Program

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The United NationsÂ? World Maritime University, an arm of the International Maritime Organization, announced today that it has approved and adopted a maritime security training program created by SeaSecure LLC, a US company. The training series was designed to enable seaports and shipping companies to meet pending US and international regulatory requirements.

The United Nations’ World Maritime University, an arm of the International Maritime Organization, announced today that it has approved and adopted a maritime security training program created by SeaSecure LLC, a US company. The training series was designed to enable seaports and shipping companies to meet pending US and international regulatory requirements.

The WMU intends to use the 11-part training series as part of their graduate school curriculum. The SeaSecure maritime security and antiterrorism training program is unique in that it is available on videocassettes or DVDs for use by students in a classroom or in the field, such as onboard a cargo or cruise ship, or at a distant port.

SeaSecure LLC, a global leader in maritime security and risk management, co-developed the 11-part training program with Moxie Media, one of the United States’ largest producers and distributors of training and safety programs. The president of SeaSecure, Kim E. Petersen, was the first to receive the news from the prestigious Sweden-based university. He explained at a press conference that the training program is the first comprehensive maritime security-training program designed specifically for seaports and shipping companies to meet all the security training requirements that become mandatory after 1 July 2004 due to the passage of the UN’s International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and the US version of the Code, the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.

“As a result of the terror attacks of 9/11, the United Nations and the United States established requirements that all port and ship personnel receive specific maritime security training”, Petersen said. “The extraordinary cost of sending such staff to distant learning centers, including academy fees, airfare, hotels, and time away from work, has been crippling. After receiving extensive input from government and maritime agencies, SeaSecure and Moxie Media have created a video training program that is easy to use, reasonably priced, and compliant with the requirements of the ISPS Code and the US MTSA. Of course, we are delighted and honored to have our product recognized and validated by the preeminent maritime learning institution in the world, the IMO's World Maritime University.” SeaSecure has long provided maritime security training to many governments and organizations, including the US Coast Guard, US Navy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, as well as the governments of countries such as China and Turkey.

The ISPS Code was adopted by the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address maritime security at all international ports and the security of ships engaged in international commerce. The US adopted the MTSA to codify the requirements of the ISPS Code and to bolster maritime counterterrorism preparedness. Both the ISPS Code and the MTSA have set strict training standards for port and ship operators that must be achieved by 1 July 2004.

Martin Glenday, president of Moxie Media, stated that, “Training in maritime security is a critical element to achieving compliance with IMO and US regulations. Using the unparalleled international maritime security experience and expertise of SeaSecure, we have developed this series of programs to meet and exceed the mandatory training requirements of the ISPS Code and MTSA. The importance of these videos cannot be overstated. Ports face losing their Statement of Compliance from the US Coast Guard, thereby jeopardizing future visits by ships. And without proper training of their personnel, both ships and ports face increased liability in the event of a security incident.”

For the first time, ship, terminal, and port facility operators have the means to train an unlimited number of employees at a fraction of the cost associated with seminar and academy based programs – saving the cost of travel, tuition, hotels, and meals. More importantly, this program will significantly reduce lost time from work and increase productivity. Ports and ships will have the ability to provide ongoing and refresher training for new and returning employees at any time and at no additional charge.

SeaSecure can also provide a comprehensive Facilitators Guide, including test questions and an answer key. The guide provides the course facilitator with the tools necessary to instruct, test, and score students on their comprehension of the maritime security curriculum. As an option, SeaSecure provides third-party certification of student test results. The cost for the entire series is $2,750, with individual programs available for purchase from $295 to $450 each. Yearly licensing options are available for companies or educational institutions requiring multiple sets.

About World Maritime University:

The World Maritime University was established in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The WMU’s mission is to serve the global maritime community as a center of excellence and is the IMO’s apex institution for high-level maritime education and research. The WMU offers specialized postgraduate education in maritime affairs, leading to the award of PhD, MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate. The WMU also carries out a wide range of maritime research, publish books and a Journal under the WMU imprint, and carry out contract research and consultancy projects, including our short-term Professional Development Courses for maritime practitioners.

About SeaSecure LLC:

Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, SeaSecure is widely recognized as the global leader in maritime security and risk management. A multi-disciplinary company, SeaSecure provides risk consulting services; risk solutions (including design & engineering services and management software); training; and, guard services. SeaSecure’s staff members have performed security and vulnerability assessments in over 90 countries and 170 seaports. In 2001, SeaSecure was appointed Senior Advisor on Maritime & Seaport Security to all of Florida's deep-water ports. SeaSecure's international clientele includes some of the world's largest seaports, shipping companies, and cruise lines. SeaSecure provides renowned maritime security training to governments and industry, including the US Coast Guard, US Department of Homeland Security, and the governments of China, Aruba, Turkey, Grenada, and many others. Its executives sit on the US Senate Port Security Working Group, the Maritime Security Council, the US Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, and the US Department of Homeland Security’s Area Maritime Security Committee for Southern Florida.

About Moxie Media:

Moxie Media is a full service media design and production company, founded in 1985 in New Orleans by Martin Glenday. Moxie provides design and production services in a broad range of communications media, including film, video, interactive multimedia, the internet, and print. To order the Maritime Security Compliance Video Training Series for ISPS and MTSA Certification, please call toll free in the United States 800-346-6943 or outside the United States 504-733-6907. For more information please visit: http://www.moxietraining.com.

Contact:

Ron Thomason: 954-567-4700

http://www.seasecure.com

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