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.
Henrik Ehlers Kragh joins Risk Intelligence
Risk Intelligence has announced the appointment of Henrik Ehlers Kragh as Corporate Risks Projects Manager based out of the main office in Vedbaek, Denmark.
Henrik will be responsible for coordinating Risk Intelligence corporate initiatives and managing client projects across business areas. He will also be responsible for a number of business development and client relations initiatives. Initially, Henrik will be responsible for conducting our 2013 customer survey in order for Risk Intelligence to better understand our customers’ current needs and requirements.
“We are happy to welcome Henrik Ehlers Kragh as Corporate Risk Projects Manager in Risk Intelligence. He will add significant experience both from the military, civilian think tank and from commercial shipping operations“ says Hans Tino Hansen, CEO of Risk Intelligence.
Before joining Risk Intelligence Henrik was Head of Anti-Piracy Coordination in Maersk Line and he has been working with complex maritime risk and security issues since early 2007.
Before retiring from the Danish Army as a major Henrik held a number of command and staff positions, among other as an analyst at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and as Military Assistant to the Queen of Denmark. Beside risk and security, Henrik’s career also covers areas such as military support to capacity building and disaster & conflict assistance. Further, Henrik has served in several international missions.
Henrik has graduated the Joint General Staff Course at the Royal Danish Defence College and holds an international master in Disaster Management from Copenhagen and Lund universities.
A more detailed CV on Henrik may be found on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Henrik/Kragh