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PIRACY PREVENTION TRAINING PROGRAM necessary to avoid, deter and delay acts of piracy and to comply with industries best management practices.

The Liberian Registry is proud to introduce the Anti-Piracy Best Management Practices (BMP), an innovative course designed to avoid, deter or delay acts of Piracy and comply with the industries best management practices.

Using state-of-the-art computer based tools, BMP offers a concise, multimedia-rich, interactive self-learning course. Whether on land or out at sea, BMP can run on any PC providing an effective tool to increase the competence, confidence and preparedness of your ship Masters and their crew.


During the meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia held at United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 29, 2009, representatives from the Republic of Liberia, the Bahamas, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Panama signed the New York Declaration, a commitment to best management practices to avoid, deter or delay acts of piracy. The New York Declaration is an agreement between the signatory flag states which condemns acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels and seafarers and recognizes that self protection measures taken by vessels can be highly effective in avoiding, delaying and deterring acts of piracy.

By signing the declaration the above mentioned governments have made a commitment that requires all vessels flying their flag to adopt and document self-protection measures as part of their compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

Furthermore, as specified in MSC.1/Circ.1335, the IMO Maritime Safety Committee, considering the distinctive nature of the incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia, decided that guidance specific to the area was warranted and agreed to promulgate the Best Management Practices for use by shipowners, ship operators and managers, companies, shipmasters, ship security officers.

As a result and as part of the Liberian Administrations efforts to disseminate the industries Best Management Practices (BMP) amongst shipowners, ship operators and managers, companies, shipmasters, ship security officers and to assist vessels in complying with the anti-piracy requirements, we have teamed up with, ICTS Europe - a UK based Security Company, and together developed a computer based training (CBT) program specifically designed for the use of merchant ships in the waters off Somalia. The objective of the program is to train crews in the practices that are necessary to avoid, deter and delay acts of piracy.



*         A comprehensive training program that combines interactive technology and rich multimedia.

*         Certification test, using multi-choice questions to assess understanding of the training material.

*         Printable recognized certificates that are automatically generated upon successful completion of the course.

*         Printable report for the ship master or CSO that summarizes the status of training and certification per each crew member.

*         Straightforward implementation. No need for software installation – simply insert the CD into any PC and the program is automatically run.

*         User friendly. No computer literacy is required – easy-to-use self explanatory interface and all the course content is narrated.




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*         Compliance with industry recommendations

*         Approved by insurance companies as a measure for active risk reduction

*         Reduce training down-time.

*         Enhanced knowledge and performance. Every crew member can progress with the course at his own pace allowing time for revision when required.

*         Cost-effective. Eliminates the need to allocate additional resources or schedule specific days for training.

*         Simple integration with ship operations. Training can be done on board, without interfering with the daily routine of the crew.


BMP consists of 12 lessons including:

1.       Introduction

2.       Past Attacks Profile

3.       BMP Principles

4.       Liaison Bodies in the area

5.       General Planning

6.       Company Planning

7.       Ship Master's Planning

8.       Voyage Planning

9.       Recommended Measures - Outside the Gulf of Aden

10.   Operations – In transit

11.   If Attacked by Pirate

12.   If boarded by Pirates

13.   In the Event of Military Action

14.   Summary

15.   Certification Test

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