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.
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.
SSRS is easily integrated into existing ISPS Ship Security Plans and Best Management Practice procedures. Pole Star is a firm supporter of best management practices and is a perfect fit with the requirement for rapid response within your company and ship security plans.
With SSRS, the critical response time is reduced. Response time to an alert can now be measured in seconds instead of minutes or even hours. And this buys you time, and peace of mind – for your CSO and for your crew.
Economical and immediately effective
SSRS builds on existing onboard technology so costs are minimal. SSRS has been designed to integrate seamlessly with existing SSAS equipment installed on all commercial vessels of 500GT and above engaged on international voyages (defined in the ISPS Code, SOLAS XI-1/6).
Easy to use
Set up your company account and register vessels online, then SSRS enables online subscription within minutes.
Peace of mind
Your CSO can react to the alert knowing that the naval forces in the area have been alerted giving peace of mind to your CSO and the crew.
By investing in counter-piracy solutions, your seafarers will know that their security is your priority.
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
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
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
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.
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)
Enhancing counter-piracy effectiveness of existing Ship Security Alert Systems and vessel tracking solutions.