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GUEST OP-ED: Hiring a Maritime Security Company
The Maritime Executive | 29 May 2013
> It would be fair to assume that a private security company providing an armed service today without any accreditation simply isn't doing any business. Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) have been quick to self-regulate, and individual firms promote quality benchmarks and standards.
Floating armouries hit local security outfits
Times of Oman | 26 May 2013
> Strong competition from rivals in neighbouring countries and an increase in the number of floating armouries in international waters are affecting the business of local representatives of global private security firms that equip anti-piracy forces in the sea, said businessmen in the Sultanate.
Violence in Somalia scares investors, aid workers
Salon.com | 23 May 2013
> The deterioration in security has increased demand for protection, leading some businessmen to set up unregulated private security companies.
Private security guards graduation ceremony
Bahrain News Agency | 23 May 2013
> In order to activate existing social partnership between Ministry of Interior (MOI) and various institutions, the Directorate of Private Guards organized at the Private Guard Training School the 61st graduation ceremony for private security guards.
Dubai Security Guards are overworked and underpaid
Gulf News | 22 May 2013
> Dubai: Three months since Dubai Police enforced a deadline to implement a minimum salary for security guards, several companies continue to flout regulations with scores of men in uniform being cheated
Advice on Choosing Private Maritime Security Protection
MarineLink | 22 May 2013
> Nexus Consulting release their updated best practice guidelines for maritime security firm selection by shipowners.
Timeline: how G4S's bungled Olympics security contract unfolded
The Telegraph | 21 May 2013
> A timeline of the events leading up to the London 2012 Olympics security fiasco and eventual resignation of G4S chief Nick Buckles.
Is it still safe to fly on a U.N. helicopter?
Foreign Policy | 20 May 2013
> The overwhelming majority of the U.N.-contracted helicopters will operate without vitally important equipment," that could imperil U.N. peacekeepers and others who travel on U.N. helicopters...
Guarding Nile City Bringing Riches to Egyptian Commandos
Bloomberg | 13 May 2013
> Private security is one of the few growth markets in a country where revolution was followed by the deepest economic slump for two decades, and a crime wave. Leaders haven't been spared: cars carrying the prime minister and central bank chief were attacked.
G4S: Labor Shortage Big Headache for Private Security Industry
Estonia Public Broadcasting | 13 May 2013
> Statistics Estonia predicts a 7 percent decrease in the working population in the next ten years, but a 30 percent decline is expected in the young workers segment, which is the primary source of new staff for security companies.
Private armies thrive as demand for security grows
The Times of India | 12 May 2013
> When liquor baron Ponty Chadha was murdered last November, most people were struck by the unending number of private gunmen present at the spot. Five months later, both private security agencies and police say, the situation has only worsened.
Navigating the Future of Private Maritime Security
MarineLink | 09 May 2013
> Now, even as the U.S. Department of State and other hallowed international institutions recognize the fundamental importance of PMSCs, now hailed as "game changers" in the Gulf of Aden, it is nonetheless critically important that ship owners and operators carefully continue to survey what is out there in order to have the tools needed to cope with tomorrow's threats and to protect their vessels, cargos, crew members and the bottom line.
Security Officers Union Report Sounds Alarm on Poor Industry Standards
PR Newswire | 08 May 2013
> A new study by America's largest security officers union suggests that the largely unregulated private security industry may not yet be up to the task of keeping Americans safe from numerous hazards. According to the report, very few Universal Protection Service officers interviewed in Columbus and Indianapolis said they were trained by their employer in the last two years to handle bomb threats, chemical threats; or natural disasters.
Fraudulent Security Certificates the Norm
Eyewitness News | 06 May 2013
> The Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) said on Monday it has been trying to stamp out bribing for security certification. The authority said the practice has been going on for years and has called on the public to help identify organisations that provide all the necessary credentials. Several security company insiders said the practice was rife and many guards employed at high-profile events are not even qualified to be there.
U.N. hiring of armed contractors raises concern about rights abuses
Global Post | 04 May 2013
> The United Nations has hired more than 30 armed private security contractors for its operations in volatile security regions but the arrangement has irked some member countries who voiced concern about possible human rights abuses and illegal actions in a recent General Assembly meeting.
Killer guards are what dubious security firms are likely to produce
The News International | 02 May 2013
> As if robbing banks was not enough. Now they will shoot and kill at will. The death of 17-year-old Hamza Ahmed, allegedly by a private security guard, brings to fore yet another case of blatant impunity enjoyed by private security companies operating in the Karachi.
Solace Global Maritime Called Upon for its Expertise on Standards for the Security Industry
The Maritime Executive | 01 May 2013
> Solace Global Maritime, the world's leading private maritime security company (PMSC), has been seconded as an industry expert from SME32 Ships and Maritime UK Committee to advise the QS1 Quality Committee on proposed changes to the international management standard, BS EN ISO9001.
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