Vessel, Company, & Facility Security Officer Course Approved by the US Coast Guard

CONTACT:
Jonathan McConnell
President, Meridian.us
(334) 524-6763

VESSEL, COMPANY, & FACILITY SECURITY OFFICER COURSE APPROVED BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD

Safety, Security, and Environmental company Meridian.us is proud to announce the latest way it will serve new and existing clients with the Coast Guard approval of a new Vessel Company and Security Officer Course.

The CSO and VSO sections of the course fulfills the training requirements of 33 CFR 104.210 for Company Security Officer and the training requirements of 33 CFR 104.215 for an STCW endorsement as a Vessel Security Officer, as well as the competencies of the STCW Code as amended 2010, Table A-VI/5.

Likewise, the FSO section of the course meets the standards of competence provided in 33 CFR 105.205, International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) Part A/2.1.8, ISPS Code Part 1/17, and International Maritime Organization (IMO) Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) (2015 Edition). Though there are currently no Coast Guard regulations governing FSO course approval, Meridian’s course meets domestic and international standards.

“Meridian is pleased to have this service in order to allow Meridian to train our VSOs in house, as well as the capability to offer this course to our clients in the Gulf Coast Community,” said Meridian President Jonathan McConnell.

To sign up for Meridian’s VSO, CSO, and FSO courses contact Jonathan McConnell at jmcconnell@meridian.us or call the Gulf Coast office at (334) 524-6763

The Importance of ISO accreditation and Quality Management Systems

As an ISO-accredited and ICS-based organization, Meridian takes great pride in providing scalable, cost-effective solutions for our clients.

Using these rigorous systems, Meridian is able to set the standard for accountability in five ways:

Quality Assurance

Because Meridian has taken the time and effort to undergo the process of complying with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 28007:2015 standards, our clients are confident that we will meet their high expectations even before our first day on the job.    

Quick and Accurate Decision Making

When minutes matter, our clients don’t have hours to respond. Having high quality management systems in place means Meridian will be able to make high quality decisions quickly and accurately.

High Efficiency

Because Meridian has these processes in place, every member of our leadership team knows how to step in and take action. A certified ISO 9001 quality management system ensures there are clear processes and communication structures in place throughout our entire organization.

Culture of Continual Improvement

One of the central tenets of ISO is fostering a culture of continual improvement. Simply put, we are not satisfied with the status quo and are constantly seeking ways to further expand our capabilities and hone our existing skill sets.

Ability to Partner with Other Organizations

Because ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 28007:2015 standards are universally accepted and respected, they provide a high measure of continuity and compatibility with other organizations and companies. Additionally, our strategic use of the Incident Command System (ICS) tools and processes enables us to provide integrated services that optimally support our clients’ contingency preparedness and response management.

As we roll out additional products and services, we look forward to assisting your organization’s effort to promote safety, security, and environmental stewardship.

Is Your Company Doing Enough to Deter Pirates in High Risk Waters?

Earlier this month a court in Mumbai, India, sentenced a group of 15 pirates to 6 months in prison, plus time served.

In January 2011 25 Somali nationals attempted to board a merchant ship 1,400 nautical miles off the coast of their nation. The crew of the ship sent an emergency distress signal to the Indian Navy and Coast Guard, which responded quickly. The ensuing firefight killed 10 of the 25 pirates. The remaining 15 have been incarcerated in India for the last six-and-a-half years.

“The offenders have been given a lesson that in India there is rule of law and that the offenders are brought to justice,” said special public prosecutor Ranjeet Sangle. “From 2011, since the pirates were arrested, the entire piracy operation in the western waters of India has come down . . .  now, I believe that it will go down to zero.”

Unfortunately for merchant ships, the prospect of seven years in prison isn’t much of a deterrent, especially given the large potential payoff pirates receive when they are successful. 

But the firefight, resulting capture, and eventual conviction of these pirates should send a very important message to those who sail through high risk waters (HRWs):

A trained and armed presence on or near your ship can protect you and your crew from dangerous pirates.

Over the last several years pirates in HRWs have kidnapped crew to hold them for ransom, stolen highly valuable cargo, and even ended the lives of those on board the ships they attack.

But since 2009 Meridian.us has guarded hundreds of voyages, and has successfully defended ships from pirate attacks and suspicious approaches—all without needing to fire a shot.

If your shipping company is ready to take the security of its crew and cargo to the next level, we’re here to help.

Meridian is uniquely qualified to provide security, safety, and environmental services to the maritime community. For additional information, please contact us at (251) 345-6776 or info@meridian.us.