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We help our clients to make sure their vessels are ready for anything, by offering support with security preparation and planning. We deploy highly experienced consultants to assess maritime security measures on a wide variety of vessel types. These consultants conduct a thorough ship-security assessment over the course of approximately two days, producing a detailed report on their findings and recommended actions.
We always recommend that vessels are audited in port, before they enter a high-risk area, making sure that there’s sufficient time to put any recommended mitigation measures into action. Vessel security audits are a key part of our maritime security services.
1000+ guards currently work for Ambrey, trained in-house to an international standard and mobilised from all major ports around the Indian Ocean.
Our guards are deployed in teams that are blended to meet the requirements of the task and the needs of our client. We meet client requirements for any team-size or qualifications, subject to a risk assessment of your voyage. Our size and experience means we are well aware of the specific demands of individual flag states and major charterers. The large number of guards we have deployed on any given day, combined with our deployed coverage, also allows us to respond quickly to requests at short notice. Our fastest time from request to embarkation of a team is just under three hours – an industry benchmark.
To keep advice up to date we give our guards access to our in-house intelligence team, who provide alerts and advisory services to assist shipboard operations.
In addition to the extensive military experience required of our guards, they each undergo specialised maritime security and emergency response training. The teams are always re-tested on their weapons safety handling and Rules for the Use of Force at the beginning of every transit and, as we own all of our own firearms and equipment, each of our transfer vessels has a resident armourer to conduct routine maintenance and to check that the firearms are in peak condition when our guards are deployed. To keep advice up to date, we give our guards access to our in-house intelligence team who provides advice and incident notices to assist them in their advice to Masters.
In West Africa and Southeast Asia, where local regulations do not allow us to use our own guards and firearms, we enable the deployment of host nation forces.
The guards are vetted in accordance with their national requirements and selected for their role through the host nation recruitment process.
Due to the scale of our operations we have our own local staff and infrastructure in both West Africa and Southeast Asia, which provides additional collaborative oversight of deployed host nation forces, and allows us to quickly resolve any problems that may arise.
Our local teams are available on a 24/7 basis.
When local laws prohibit armed guards from being placed on board vessels, we ensure the safety and security of our clients by providing armed security escort vessels (SEVs).
Ambrey can provide SEVs, with armed guards onboard, in each of the main piracy areas globally. However, West Africa, and in particular Nigeria, is where we provide this service most frequently. Offering SEVs in this region has historically been a challenge, due to a combination of extremely high costs and issues of poor performance and reliability. Ambrey’s market differentiator and strong advantage in Nigeria is our investment in a fleet of SEVs that provide consistent reliability at a manageable cost.
Each of our SEVs are deployed in compliance with state requirements, with a team of Local Naval Armed Guards and a Liaison Officer. We have excellent local relationships and suppliers, who work hard to guarantee our performance and quality levels, and our experienced team of Operations Managers based in Nigeria personally sea-trial every vessel before deployment to ensure it can perform as necessary.
All SEVs are fully equipped with the navigation and communications equipment needed to allow them to safely undertake all types of offshore security tasks – including escorting, field protection and rapid response/intervention.
Ambrey are unique in the PMSC market as, unlike other maritime security providers, we operate and control a fleet of our own transfer vessels. covering all of the main locations of entry/exit corridors to the Indian Ocean High Risk Area.
Owning vessels, licensed by the UK Government to operate as floating armouries, gives us complete control over our supply chain – from the vessels themselves to the people and equipment on board. This allows us to offer our clients a certainty about the quality and consistency of our services, which is unique in our industry.
Our fleet of Transfer Vessels is managed and controlled by our in-house marine team, who are based at our shipyard in Southampton, UK. The fleet has been a major focus of investment over recent years, ensuring we have a robust, reliable and safe environment in which to accommodate our teams and transfer them to your vessels, 24/7.
Our extensive experience in developing and delivering accredited training programmes for our own staff means that we’re ideally positioned to build bespoke, compliance-led training in other areas of security.
Our services span a wide range of expertise, from ‘Security Operations’ and ‘Crisis Management’ to ‘CCTV’ and Operations Room Management.
Together we will identify what the training objectives are – what success looks like – to ensure we meet the identified learning opportunity. The courses are delivered by a small group of specialist trainers, supported by our team of dedicated in-house analysts who specialise in understanding the context in which the training will be executed.
Clients are faced by a myriad of risks, whether to their people, vessels, other assets and reputations. These are faced daily and globally, at sea and on land, in high and low risk environments.
Finding solutions in these complex environments is not always simple.
We have a long experience and understanding of blending operationally effective yet cost-efficient risk-based solutions in complex dynamic environments spanning maritime and land domains.
Whatever Breadth of risk management service lines, an enduring understanding through our intelligence capabilities, a global presence and network coupled to a proven service delivery system make us ideal partners when faced with risk. All solutions are bespoke to a client’s unique requirements and our team have the expertise to meet your precise requirements.
“Ambrey's operatives are of a consistently high standard, aware of shipboard routines and readily accepted by our seafaring crews.”
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