The maritime security intelligence company Risk Intelligence is joined by six experienced leaders in the maritime industry, who will serve as the company’s board of advisors. The board is led by the former fleet commander of the Royal Navy, Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent. The board held its first meeting in London on 11 June 2013.
“The six members bring a staggering amount of experience into the board, from navies, shipping companies, offshore, oil and gas, and classification societies. We are very grateful that they have accepted to join us”, says Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence.
Risk Intelligence has set up the advisory board to strengthen the strategic outlook and develop the company.
“This is a great opportunity to strengthen the strategic development of Risk Intelligence. This advisory board brings together fresh input and senior cross-sector experience. We are all very pleased with the contribution of the board that has been assembled”, says Sir James Burnell-Nugent.
Risk Intelligence provides services to the shipping, offshore, oil and gas and insurance sectors, as well as government agencies and defence departments in more than 20 countries. The company is described as one of the world leaders within maritime-related security intelligence, with its clients operating more than 12% of the world fleet.
The board consists of the following members:
• Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, former Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Royal Navy - Chairman
• Vice Admiral Kevin Cosgriff, (Rtd), US Navy, former Commander NAVCENT
• Rear Admiral Torben Orting Jorgensen, (Rtd) , Royal Danish Navy, General Manager, Maersk Broker
• Rear Admiral Pieter Kok, (Rtd), former commander Dutch Surface Fleet, Royal Netherlands Navy
• Captain (N) Thomas Weik, (Rtd), US Navy, former Senior Surveyor, Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
• Captain David Cotterell, Managing Director, OCIMF
Member bios as well as pictures can be found here.
Executive presentation at Break Bulk Europe in Antwerp highlighted specific threats to the Multi Purpose Vessel operators
On 16 May 2013 Risk Intelligence's Chief Analyst Nis Leerskov Mathiesen gave an Executive presentation for attendants at the Break Bulk Europe conference.
The current development of Kidnap/Ransom tactics off Nigeria is of particular interest for companies operating Multi Purpose Vessels as these are disproportionately represented in the area and are actively targeted.
On the Horn of Africa, the piracy threat has definitely declined and although the pirate infrastructure remains in place, there are several opportunities for moving Break Bulk cargo in the region.
The presentation can be seen here.
Risk Intelligence's Nis Leerskov Mathiesen will be giving a presentation on the 8th annual Break Bulk Conference in Antwerp.
The presentation will focus on the world-wide threats to maritime businesses, with an emphasis on the Break Bulk market.
See more on the Break Bulk homepage.
Risk Intelligence organised a successful customer seminar for Danish and Swedish customers
Risk Intelligence has held a customer seminar in Gentofte, Copenhagen for a group of Danish and Swedish clients, which included both private and government sectors.
The seminar included an update on the Horn of Africa, on North Africa and Middle East as well as on West Africa. Furthermore, due dilligence of PMSCs were discussed and the day ended with a workshop on Best Management Practices for West Africa based on Risk Intelligence's Best Practices document from late Summer 2012. All participants agreed that the BMP from Horn of Africa does not apply to West Africa and an operations-focused BMP is needed in this area.
Each year Risk Intelligence organises customer seminars in various countries. The seminars have been organised since 2005 in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Greece, Singapore and in the UK.
The first coming up are in Norway and in Germany. These seminars are by invitation only.
A proposed change to the Danish Seafarers’ legislation will mean that companies are mandated to prepare for a hijacking situation beforehand.
The Danish-based maritime security intelligence company Risk Intelligence believes seafarers and shipping companies will benefit from having efficient contingency plans. But having a plan to meet legislation is not enough. Many contingency plans are never updated or rehearsed.
“The ability to actually execute the plan is the key. Such a plan is only efficient when revised and rehearsed on a regular basis. Both planning and execution should involve the individual stakeholders in person in order to practice teamwork and identify deficiencies in the plan”, says Henrik Ehlers Kragh, Corporate Risk Projects Manager in Risk Intelligence.
He points out that such a plan should include all internal and external stakeholders and describe their roles, responsibilities and practical procedures in detail. Such a contingency plan for a hijacking situation will speed up internal emergency procedures and subsequently negotiations.
“No plan can include all possible scenarios and no matter how good the plan is, it will need to be adapted to the situation at hand. Knowledge of the plan, of the stakeholders and of the procedures will speed up the emergency team’s ability to adapt the plan to the incident and subsequently make the company ready for negotiations faster”, says Henrik Ehlers Kragh.
He adds that legislation on this matter may be a good way to ensure a standard level of formal preparation.