Piracy 2016: Current Global Troublespots

As the Med season draws to a close and winter approaches, many yachts begin their preparations for heading to sunnier climes. Yacht owners have the fortunate position of deciding where to send their yacht for the winter with the idyllic surroundings of the Caribbean, Middle East and the Far East presenting a somewhat envious problem.  However, as soon as a yacht leaves the comfort zone offered by the Med, a very serious threat is lurking. That threat is piracy and wherever the yacht goes, the piracy threat is never too far away.

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Advanced Technology Helps Protect Superyachts from Dangers on the High Seas

Journalist Rik Glauert approached Intrepid Risk Management for help with his article for the South China Morning Post.  This fascinating article delves into the world of the mega rich and intricately illustrates how billionaires maintain their privacy, safety and security on board their luxury yachts.

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Do’s and Don’ts to Help You from Becoming a Target

Venturing abroad can pose a number of risky problems to even the most seasoned traveller.  Threats of terrorism, kidnap and robbery are prevalent worldwide. In this latest article for Yacht Investor magazine, our Managing Director highlights some of the do’s and don’ts to help you from becoming a target.

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An Effective and Robust Citadel

The rise in piracy has led to maritime security experts having a rethink on how to preserve the safety of yacht crews from pirate attack.  As the number of pirate attacks increased, so did the use of on board safe rooms or Citadels.  In his latest article for Yacht Investor magazine, superyacht security expert Ed Hill explains the necessary requirements for an effective and robust Citadel.

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Specialist superyacht security in demand for London’s rich list

Intrepid Risk Management and the specialist security services the company offers are currently featuring in a number of high profile superyacht journals.  Released to coordinate with Intrepid’s presence at the forthcoming London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show, the articles highlight the current surge in demand for high-end security services, with a particular emphasis for security services on board luxury yachts.

 

In conjunction with Global Superyacht Marketing, the article has so far featured in The Superyacht Report, Superyacht News, The Crew Report, Superyacht Design and The Superyacht Owner.  The article also explains the company’s expansion into the provision of personal protection (bodyguard) and residential security teams for High Net Worth Individuals, celebrities, business executives and VIP’s.

 

Specialist superyacht security in demand for Londons rich list

 

The safety and security of family members is not a topic to be approached lightly particularly when that family has a superyacht, prestige homes and a private jet or two. And for the world’s wealthiest individuals, placing trust in someone to protect loved ones can be a risky business in itself.

 

Security has become a hot topic in recent months with the unfortunate rise in home invasions targeting wealthy people – not just celebrities – and threats to their personal security and that of their families.

 

In last week’s Sunday Independent newspaper it was reported that a stalker broke into Lily Allen’s bedroom with the intention of using a deadly weapon. The singer/songwriter admitted the experience has seriously affected her daily life and that of her children. Lily Allen continued to explain that it was only because there was another person in her home that enabled them to stop the attacker and force them outside the house while she checked on her young children.

 

In addition to providing specialist security services to the superyacht industry, Intrepid Risk Management is now in demand to provide a wide spectrum of specialist security services to London’s wealthy elite. These services include security training for the household staff or yacht crew, drugs testing and protection against piracy, theft and abduction.

 

Former Royal Marines Commando and Managing Director of London-based Intrepid Risk Management Ed Hill explains that this is where his global team of security experts who understand the luxury lifestyle can provide individual clients with extra peace of mind.

 

“Intrepid Risk started out solely working in the superyacht industry. Through personal contacts I was asked to provide security support on board a yacht passing through the Gulf of Aden, which is a particularly high-risk area in terms of piracy. I joined the crew and we were at sea for 12 days initially. Always a quick learning curve in such tight quarters, I received fantastic feedback from the captain that it was a pleasure to work with someone who the whole team immediately trusted with his or her safety, but remained humble, preferring a discreet approach.

 

It was this feedback that encouraged me to continue working within the superyacht industry and forms an important part of our selection process for all new security operatives.”

 

Reflecting on his first superyacht assignment in 2008, Ed explained how security detail has evolved over the last eight years. “During the four week voyage through the Gulf of Aden we had 18 crew members to protect with just two security operatives. At that time you were not allowed firearms on board so we had to make do with whatever was available. We prepared ourselves with distress smoke and flares but not much else, so we had to use our initiative.

 

“Using coiled ropes on the yacht’s sundeck, that could be launched into the water to tangle in the props of any pirate boats that came from the stern was one of the measures we put in place, and the distress flares were very much to hand at all times. Very different indeed from being one of the first waves of troops entering Iraq with the Royal Marines in 2003 with the latest equipment at our disposal.

 

“Nowadays laws have changed along with risk levels globally. Security operatives are now allowed to carry firearms in the Gulf of Aden, and dependent on the job we can supply the very latest in security technology to support the crew, guests and of course the security operatives.”

 

It is training and experience in some of the UK’s elite military units, coupled with a meticulous attention to detail that affords Intrepid Risk Management the ability to understand the etiquette required to work discreetly with high net worth individuals in and away from their homes.

 

Ed personally selects every single team member to ensure they all have what is necessary to meet and exceed what the client expects. Having an exemplary military career and experience in high-risk areas does not always mean you can handle the personal protection of a client and their family, especially if you are all on board a superyacht during a family vacation. Temperament and having the right level of maturity is what counts and all Intrepid Risk representatives have been chosen because they fully understand this.

 

High net worth individuals, their families and assets have long been attractive targets for criminals. Security, however, is an important aspect of ownership that is often overlooked. Ed explains, “For us, it’s all about risk mitigation. Any form of confrontation will, if possible, always be avoided. We’re far removed from the big, burly aggressive stereotype and offer both male and female officers. Its important that the client feels protected but can also carry on with their daily routine unhindered”.

 

“We know, for example, that superyachts are sometimes less secure than other vessels because of the places they frequent, their lower cruising speed and their lower freeboard making it easier for pirates to board. This is where it’s apt to use the phrase ‘know your enemy’. “As part of passage planning for transiting high risk areas, we gather intelligence and once aboard complete a full security survey of the yacht to identify vulnerable areas. We then provide a comprehensive briefing to all crew and carry out drills”.

 

“We know from experience and the positive feedback received that our approach makes the crew feel at ease. Having former military personnel onboard who are experienced in anti-piracy procedures can provide a huge sense of reassurance to crew. After all, a secure yacht can ensure owners, guests and crew remain safe while enjoying the benefits of yachting.”

 

The team’s policies, procedures, industry certifications and accreditations ensure that they meet and surpass the required security industry standards. Furthermore, all onboard operations are managed and delivered with the added advantage of 24/7 shore based operational cover.

 

Ed will be representing Intrepid Risk Management at The London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show, from 4 – 7 May, at Stand A19.

 

The London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car show held in Old Billingsgate, London each year brings together high net worth individuals and representatives from the superyacht, private aviation, supercar and luxury goods market.

 

To speak with Ed and the team beforehand email info@intrepid-risk.com to arrange an appointment.

 

The articles can also be read on the following links:

 

http://www.thesuperyachtowner.com/press-release/24848/specialist-superyacht-security-in-demand-for-londons-rich-list

http://www.thecrewreport.com/press-release/24848/specialist-superyacht-security-in-demand-for-londons-rich-list

http://www.superyachtdesign.com/press-release/24848/specialist-superyacht-security-in-demand-for-londons-rich-list

http://www.superyachtnews.com/press-release/24848/specialist-superyacht-security-in-demand-for-londons-rich-list.html

http://www.thesuperyachtreport.com/press-release/24848/specialist-superyacht-security-in-demand-for-londons-rich-list

 

 

Close Protection Officers – wanted London & French Riviera

Intrepid Risk Management are currently recruiting suitable candidates (male and female) to undertake close protection duties in London and the south of France.  As a minimum, all applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

 

  • SIA license in close protection (in date).
  • FPOS medical certificate (in date).
  • Come highly recommended from an individual already established within the Intrepid Risk Management team.

 

The following criteria are desirable but not essential:

 

  • Experience working for private families and/or High Net Worth Individuals.
  • Minimum of four years military experience.
  • Exemplary military record.
  • Linguist in French or Italian.
  • Advanced medical skills (paramedic).

 

Please note that Intrepid Risk Management DOES NOT openly recruit for positions of employment.  In order to maintain our high calibre of personnel for close protection duties, all applicants MUST come with a personal recommendation from an individual that is already established within the company.

 

Interested applicants should apply via their personal contact within the company before 5pm Friday 29th April 2016.

 

 

High Today – Gone Tomorrow. Say No to Drugs

Drug abuse within the superyacht industry is almost as old as the industry itself. However, as maritime regulations become more controlled and on board health & safety issues come under increased scrutiny, drug abuse amongst superyacht crews is no longer acceptable.  In the latest edition of Yachting Matters, superyacht security expert Ed Hill explains how having a policy for crew drugs testing can have a positive impact for everyone on board.

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The 2016 London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show – The Countdown Begins

With just over three weeks to this year’s London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show, Intrepid Risk Management are gearing up for what is expected to be an exceptional show.

Held from 4th to 7th May at Old Billingsgate in the City of London the show is hotly anticipated to exceed the success of last year’s show.  With visitors attending from around the globe, the show attracts a variety of clientele with a keen interest in the luxury market.

This year’s exhibitors include some of the world’s most prestige and luxurious brands. In addition to products and services associated with superyachts, private jets and luxury cars, other high end brands include makers of fine jewellery, staff recruitment companies and private members clubs as well as the specialist security services provided by Intrepid Risk Management.

Ed Hill, Intrepid Risk Management’s Managing Director is excited to be exhibiting at this year’s show. “We attended last year’s show as visitors and were hugely impressed with the wide array of participants and excellent networking opportunities.  The show was so good; we immediately made the decision to get more involved this year”.

In response to Intrepid’s participation in this year’s show, Andrew Stuart, one of the show’s organiser’s states, “the London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show has quickly become the main event for London’s luxury market.  We are delighted to welcome London based security company Intrepid Risk Management as one of our exhibitors”. 

 “Security is an increasingly important element to the luxury market that is often overlooked.  Intrepid Risk Management has a wealth of credible knowledge and experience in this area and brings an added dimension to the show”.

Intrepid Risk Management provides specialist security services to the luxury market.  These services include personal protection, asset protection, home security and superyacht security services both in the United Kingdom and around the globe.

Ed, a former sniper in the Royal Marines Commandos, continues, “our personnel, both male and female, have a credible background in some of the UK’s elite military units.  However, one of the main elements that sets us apart is our ability to match individual operators to suit the precise needs of the individual client”. 

 “For example, some clients may prefer a female operative to look after their children while others may seek operatives with certain linguist or medical skills. Every client is unique, has specific individual requirements and we do our utmost to give them exactly what they want”. 

Ed and will be representing Intrepid Risk Management at The London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show, from 4th to 7th May 2016, at Stand A19 on the ground floor. The London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show held at Old Billingsgate, London each year brings together high net worth individuals and representatives from the superyacht, private aviation, supercar and luxury goods market. To speak with Ed and the team beforehand email info@intrepid-risk.com to arrange an appointment.

Caribbean Yacht Murder Raises Security Concerns

The recent fatal shooting of a German national by masked gunmen on board a yacht in St. Vincent in the Caribbean raises concerns over security in the region.  The incident that took place in Wallilabou Bay at around 1.30 am on 4th March left one man dead and another man, believed to be the yacht’s Captain, injured.

 

Ralph Gonsaves, the Prime Minister for St Vincent and the Grenadines praised the local Coast Guard for arriving at the scene within twenty minutes but pledged to increase security in the area.  Nevertheless, the incident raises increased concerns for the safety of yachts in the region.  In January 2016, warnings were issued by the maritime authorities of Trinidad and Tobago after two sailing vessels were boarded and ransacked by pirates armed with assault rifles.

 

Such incidents continue to illustrate the vulnerability of yachts cruising in the Caribbean where the continuous conflict of extreme wealth against impoverished local communities renders them an attractive target for criminality.  A yacht’s clear expression of wealth, alongside ill equipped and often poorly motivated local security services exposes the yacht’s security vulnerabilities even further.

 

Consequently, yacht owners, management, Captain’s and crew should consider going one step further with the enforcement of their own rigid security procedures. Adopting a strict on board security culture is vital for any yacht.  However, the adoption of on board security procedures along with a robust visible presence could mean the difference between the yacht being selected or overlooked by criminals as they search for an easy target.

 

In addition, regular security training for crew members should be sought from a security company with a strong pedigree in the superyacht industry.  Utilising the services of a reputable security organisation for this type of training can enhance the crew’s knowledge and awareness and enable them to deal with the multitude of threats they face.

 

Yachts should also consider the employment of specialist security personnel to be present on board while the yacht is cruising in areas where there is a heightened security threat.  Whilst on board, a team of security professionals can conduct a comprehensive security assessment of the yacht, highlighting any weaknesses, conduct crew security training and assist with a 24 hour watch routine.

 

 

This will enhance the yacht’s overall security posture by providing a robust and physical on board presence.  This in turn provides considerable peace of mind to owners, managers and whoever is on board at that time.

 

 

 

 

Nowhere to Hide

The world is experiencing a frightening time with terrorism threats reaching every corner of the globe. A secure yacht can ensure owners, guests and crew can remain safe while enjoying the benefits of yachting. Intrepid’s superyacht security expert Ed Hill was asked to contribute to this article in Dockwalk magazine.

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