Maritime security a major focus at MEESEC 2013

Port security also to feature at Middle East Energy Security Forum.
Captain Pottengal Mukundan
Captain Pottengal Mukundan

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The Middle East Energy Security Forum (MEESEC) 2013 will highlight the importance of maritime security within the oil and gas sector with a major theme of the forum dedicated to this essential aspect of security.

Captain Pottengal Mukundan, director of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), will address the delegation on the current status of maritime piracy.

Speaking from the view of the IMB piracy reporting centre, he will focus on the recent experiences of Somalia and Gulf of Guinea and what are the current hot spots, its numbers and the type of attacks reported.

Over his career span, Mukundan has investigated numerous maritime insurance claims including many fraud cases from charterparty failures, diversion of cargoes, phantom ships, hijackings and container theft. He has worked with the IMB since joining them as an investigator in 1981. The IMB is dedicated to the prevention of trade finance, maritime, transport and trade fraud and malpractice. The IMB also manages the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, which is dedicated to the suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships.

The MEESEC forum will take place from November 25-27 2013 at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai. The sessions at the forum will also address the protection of oil and gas infrastructure with sea facing boundaries and the user perspective of maritime security with practical examples from Kuwait.

Drawing attention on the future of port security will be maritime security manager, Lachlan Simpkins of Bechtel. Simpkins will delve on the development of a secure port model for enabling accelerated and smooth flow of people and goods. The maritime security session will also include a panel discussion on how to conduct a pre-risk assessment and enhancing crew preparedness to face a piracy threat.

 

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