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DPH Consulting has considerable in-house specialist security experience. Our specialist team is headed by Derek Horne, who is a former member of the British Special Forces and has over two decades of specialised worldwide security experience.
DPH has ensured the oversight and safety of countless transits and remains one of the most experienced maritime security consulting companies in the market and place strong emphasis on compliance, training and professionalism.
We provide maritime security solutions for government and corporate organisations that are required to transit through or operate in waterways in high-risk regions. Piracy and maritime terrorism have emerged as one of the most severe security threats in recent times and the challenge of mitigating against such a threat is significant.
DPH can provide 24/7 coverage and operational oversight of all tasks conducted, ensuring that communication with the on-board security teams is constant and that the security situation, sea state, vessel speed, coordinates and future intentions are known to the client and operations management team.
24/7/365 Operational Support:
DPH operate a dedicated, 24-hour Security Operations Centre (SOC) at its HQ in the UK, staffed by experienced former military and corporate security managers. SOC personnel are trained in security operations, crisis first call response relating to kidnap and ransom, hostile attack (operational security support), business crises, emergency evacuation operations, extortion, hijacking and competent authority, and are regularly exercised. Our SOC coordinates and tracks all maritime security operations.
Our Maritime Protection Solutions include:
Our Maritime Security Compliance and Training Solutions include:
DPH are strongly committed to providing compliance and legal maritime security services.
We work closely with all clients to ensure that the appropriate flag state approvals are obtained in good time ahead of any planned embarkation. Our Quality & Compliance Manager is the primary point of contact between the client and the flag state during this process to ensure that all the relevant information is submitted.
All privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) that DPH engage are vetted, selected and trained to the highest possible standard – this process has been independently verified as part of the ISO certification process.
EMBARKED SECURITY AND ESCORT SERVICES
DPH can provide embarked (un)armed security teams (ASTs) and escort services in all global risk areas, with services catered for the merchant marine, cruise, offshore and super yacht sectors
INDIAN OCEAN: We provide highly professional and competitively priced 3-4-man armed security teams for Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) transits. All our armed security teams, comprised of former British, Eastern European and Asian military personnel, are selected through a stringent recruitment and screening process. We embark and disembark teams at all locations of convenience, including, but not limited to 17N Red Sea, 25N OPL Fujairah, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Egypt, Madagascar, Oman, Mauritius and Comoros. A voyage risk assessment, Indian Ocean threat brief and scored vessel hardening (BMP4) report are included for each voyage.
SOUTHEAST ASIA: For passage of the Sibutu/Sulu/Celebes Sea kidnap risk area, DPH can provide Indonesian or Malaysian armed security, dependent on the vessel’s voyage plan and the suitability of available (dis)embarkation points. We also offer an embarked bridge advisor service to oversee the installation of protective measures on your vessel and to accompany and train the crew during their transit of the kidnap risk area.
Escort vessels can also be provided for high-value transits in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, into Malaysian and Indonesian waters if necessary.
CRUISE SHIP SECURITY
DPH can support cruise ship operators with security services and bespoke intelligence support.
We understand that cruise ship operators must stay abreast of both land-based and seaborne security threats. The general public’s perception of the safety of a destination (consumer confidence) is of key importance to a cruise line when arranging port calls. Volatile risk profiles in once popular cruise destinations, such as Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, have underscored the need for the cruise industry to be able to make quick and informed decisions about calls that could affect their customers and reputation.
We can help cruise ship operators to understand and monitor the threats to their itinerary, through bespoke risk assessments and reporting.
DPH can provide cruise ships navigating potentially problematic routes with embarked armed security services. We have a variety of team compositions and security operatives with vast experience onboard cruise ships, who are acutely aware of the specific sensitivities involved with cruise security.