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Never mind the Bollocks, here’s SAMI

By • May 18th, 2011 • Category: Piracy

According to Peter Cook (SAMI founder and former Royal Marine) the last time people with the initials SJ and PC were together on stage, they were part of the Sex Pistols. Referencing that bands’ guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook was a less obvious ice breaker than referring to Steven Jones (SAMI director and former navigation officer) as the security regulator’s Dudley Moore, but it did help set the tone as he addressed 120 or so shipping and security experts on HQS Wellington in London on Monday (May 16) evening. His message was clear, SAMI is a no-nonsense organisation with a mission to be the maritime industry security regulator.

With 19 security companies already signed up, SAMI claim that the industry is crying out to regulate itself and is keen to avoid the problems faced by the security industry in Iraq. As Cook pointed out, the biggest criticism to date has been that they should have started 5 years ago.

Becoming a member requires security companies to adhere to a code of conduct and then SAMI will be working on vetting those companies, and then vetting the actual freelancers from ‘the circuit’ that go on board vessels. In an industry worth an estimated $100 million a year, SAMI believe that helping bona fide security companies with their reputation will ensure that the world start to admire security personnel, rather than demonise them (as SAMI believe they have been in the past)

SAMI has the backing of flag states, shipping companies, BIMCO and ICS in the fight against piracy.

[We intended releasing a podcast recorded at the event, but the quality is too poor for your ears. We hope to record an interview with the SAMI team soon]