Counter Piracy

An innovative counter-piracy service that enhances the effectiveness of Ship Security Alert Systems by providing a link from a ship sending an alert direct to participating naval forces.

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What we offer, in a nutshell

The Ship Security Reporting System (SSRS) is an innovative counter-piracy service that enhances the effectiveness of existing Ship Security Alert Systems.

It provides a link from a ship sending an alert direct to the MSCHOA and UKMTO and onward to EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta and participating naval forces responsible for maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia.


Why choose Pole Star?

It is widely acknowledged that the first few minutes of a piracy attack are the most vital. SSRS buys you time. As soon as the alert button on your ship is pushed, the alert is directed to a military response unit.


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In the event of a piracy attack, SSAS activation supplements the main piracy reporting procedures set out in Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy.

If the crew find themselves under duress and unable to make or receive telephone calls, the SSRS service is an effective, covert method of automatically alerting the military assets faster than via the SSAS alone. However, to maximise the speed of response, it is advised that, whenever possible, the SSAS should be activated in concert with a telephone call to UKMTO.

  • Continuous alert monitoring

    Continuous alert monitoring

    The SSRS service continuously monitors alerts transmitted by the SSAS onboard subscribed vessels. The system compares the position of the vessel sending the alert to the published MSCHOA / UKMTO Area of Operation.

  • Automatic forwarding to naval forces

    Automatic forwarding to naval forces

    After establishing that the vessel is within the area, SSRS routes the alert (which includes the vessel name, report date / time stamp, associated latitude / longitude, and also the IMO number, MMSI, and freeboard and speed) to MSCHOA and UKMTO. Once they confirm the alert is genuine, the updated information is disseminated through the Mercury system which is viewed by all participating task forces.

  • Confirmation to CSO

    Confirmation to CSO

    The alert is copied to the registered Company Security Officer (CSO) as confirmation that it has been disseminated and to provide the CSO with relevant contact details, should he have additional information to communicate.

  • Excellent coverage

    Excellent coverage

    Participating Naval Operations Centres:

    • Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA)
    • UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO)
    • NATO Shipping Centre
    • U.S. Maritime Liaison Office Bahrain (MARLO) 

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Enhancing counter-piracy effectiveness of existing Ship Security Alert Systems and vessel tracking solutions.