FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (PRWEB) August 12, 2004
Cognisa Security, Inc. and international maritime security specialist SeaSecure LLC have launched Oceanix Maritime Security LLC which will provide specially trained and certified security guards, along with security consulting solutions for seaports, terminal operators, shipping companies, ferry operators, and cruise lines.
"Oceanix was created specifically to satisfy the unique security requirements of the port and shipping industries by providing an enterprise security solution," said Cognisa CEO, Keith Badham. "With Cognisa's ability to recruit and train superior security guards, coupled with SeaSecure's in depth knowledge of the security intricacies at our nationÂs ports, Oceanix is poised to become the security supplier of choice within the maritime industry."
"Port and ship operators can no longer accept the risk or liability associated with poorly vetted, inadequately trained security guards protecting critical ports, cargo facilities, or cruise ships terminals. Due to the absence of specialized and professional guard services in the market, Oceanix was created. Oceanix will, for the first time, offer carefully screened and highly trained maritime professionals in the role of port security guards,Â adds Kim Petersen, President of SeaSecure. "Oceanix is in a unique position to understand, implement, and even manage our client's security program because of our in depth understanding of U.S. and international standards, including the MTSA and ISPS Codes."
Each partner brings to the table demonstrated expertise. SeaSecure is one of the most respected names in the maritime security industry. Staff members have performed security and vulnerability assessments in over 90 countries and 170 seaports. With more than 25 years experience as a US security provider and 30 offices throughout the United States, Cognisa partners with its customers to ensure long-term success. To achieve this goal, Cognisa uses metrics to continually measure its success in meeting its customers' needs, ensuring that service consistently exceeds customer expectations.
With the resources and security expertise to assess facilities and make staffing, systems, design, and technology recommendations, Oceanix is prepared to supply customers with a greater return on their security investment. As a single source for maritime security, Oceanix can supply guard services, certified Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO's), security management services, security assessments, security systems and program design, engineering, and project management.
All Oceanix guards are qualified as SafePort Guards - an expert professional guard force specifically recruited and specially trained to protect ports and ships. SafePort Guards exceed the stringent requirements of the ISPS Code and MTSA. All Oceanix supervisors and managers are certified PFSOs in accordance with the ISPS Code and MTSA. Oceanix is the only company with a commitment to maritime security expertise and training. For example, it trains and certifies its entire management team as PFSO's.
The outsourcing of security at AmericaÂs ports is a new strategy in a fast-evolving industry. Oceanix is committed to providing unmatched service and value satisfying both customer requirements and government regulations.
A commercial security provider with US headquarters in Atlanta, Cognisa Security, Inc. works from more than 30 nationwide offices with 5,500 employees providing security services to a variety of clients. Unique among security companies for supplying its customer base with a measurable return on investment, Cognisa is rapidly growing its US security and transportation business through its expertise and commitment to customer service.
Operating in the US since 1979, Cognisa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Group4Securicor, the second largest global security company. With more than 75 years of global experience and 24 years of experience in the US, Cognisa is becoming a premier supplier of commercial security services in the US.
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 (including vulnerability assessments, and design & engineering); risk management solutions (including project management, procurement, and management software tools); training; and, maritime 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 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, the Maritime Security Institute, 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 SecurityÂs Area Maritime Security Committee for Southern Florida.
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