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Security search tool now online

A new online tool has been launched to help ship owners and managers searching for private maritime security companies (PMSC) to protect their vessels.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The online programme, known as Marsec Manager, is the brainchild of Bastion International, a maritime security brokerage company, allowing users to compare different PMSCs in terms of pricing and what they can offer.

25 PMSCs have signed up to the service, with many more expressing interest, the company said.

“Marsec Manager enables company security officers to know what is available on the market. The market is very competitive at the moment; we see significant gaps between PMSCs’ pricing. Armed guard teams are becoming smaller and ship owners are expecting an even better service at lower rates,” explained Sean Busuttil Cordina, managing partner.  

“Marsec Manager gives users the option for both quality and pricing. Users can see all the PMSCs who are offering services, compare quotes between them, view testimonials about their service and determine the best solution for their vessels.”

The central dashboard provides access to the PMSC’s profile, where the user can see biographies on the company’s security team members, request a quote or send them a message. When the security company logs in, it can see any requests for quotes it has received and track the progress of previous quotes.

The integrated calendar also monitors embarkations and disembarkations of armed guards for all companies individually. User accounts for other members of the business to access the program may also be created.

PMSCs are not able to view competitors’ profiles and pricing, while contact through the messaging system may only be initiated by the shipping user.

Security companies will be instantly notified when they receive a request for a quote by e-mail with the same applying to shipping companies when quotations are received in return.

Marsec Manager is supported by Marine Traffic, with the vessel tracking website integrated into the Marsec Manager Dashboard.

The website is available across all web browsers and is also available on tablets. A mobile version is currently in development, the company said.{/mprestriction}

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