August 12 - Neptune Maritime Security has delivered crisis management training to bolster defences at major ports in Asia, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) amid increasing instability in the region.
A team from the company's Dubai head office and operational support centre recently performed exacting risk assessments before carrying out specialist training for security officers and senior personnel.
The risk management solutions featured such scenarios as terror attacks and suicide bombers, kidnap, civil unrest and uprisings as well routine health and safety checks.
Neptune's business development manager, Jeremy Johnson, said: "Major port operators are becoming increasingly aware of potential risks at their facilities worldwide.
"Companies must not only meet International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code standards and meet routine health and safety requirements but also ensure their emergency response plans are updated."
Johnson explained that Neptune's latest solution delivered a bespoke risk assessment and training programme to help its client focus on operations rather than worry about potential dangers.
The risk assessment covered such factors as staff, office facilities within the port and terminal and the company's vessels. A risk register was drawn up with possible impact and company liabilities from a wide range of potential factors, including economical, operational and environmental incidents, as well as potential disruption caused by local community action which could affect production.
The client then selected training options for its senior management team and security officers in a variety of areas. They included potentially troublesome local officials, behavioural and scenario training, which also factored in the potential for civil uprising and possible terrorist action, along with health and safety training.