African member states are witnessing unprecedented times for maritime related economic development but to enable these opportunities risk management strategies must be prioritised.
Determining threats, vulnerabilities and consequences to personnel assets, operations and critical infrastructure are crucial to mitigate risk and improve performance.
However the development and application of risk assessment and management techniques to maritime safety and security must take into account the complex regulatory and operational context in which the maritime industry operates.
AMSSA will strive to provide a unique safety security information platform for African Member States, Martime Administrations and interested stakeholders.
The Safety Security platform will outline current concerns, provide 'fit for purpose' tools and management mechanisms and enable focused operational training programmes each aimed at building capacity and critical mass.
There are distinct differences between the terms of Maritime Security and Maritime Safety:
MARITIIME SECURITY: is concerned with the prevention of intentional damage through sabotage, subversion, or terrorism and from a broad persepctive, relate to concerns such as:
The major threats for maritime security are:
MARITIME SAFETY: is concerned with the prevention of accidental damage or incidents of marine environmental pollution or loss of life at sea through the development of technical support systems; the auditing of recognised classification societies; development of common methodologies for the investigation of maritime accidents and; the establishment of vessel traffic monitoring and information systems.
Maritime Safety also embraces the development of Search and Rescue, Ports of Refuge and the development of emergency and contigency planning.
KEY areas for AMSSA