West Nautical engaged Spearfish, a company specialising in delivering niche security training and consultancy on land and at sea, to come to their Newcastle office and conduct Company Security Officer (CSO) training for 3 members of the department.
Tom Leyland, who has recently joined the company as Yacht Manager after spending his entire career at sea, needed to upgrade his Ship Security Officer course to the CSO course and found the training enjoyable and enlightening to complete from the side of the office as opposed to that on-board the vessel. “I found the course very good for me to firstly refresh both my understanding and knowledge of the ISPS system as well as see it from a different perspective and secondly to now be able to understand and implement it effectively it from both sides of the table.”
Joining Tom in the training was Paul Hicks, Technical Manager & Ekaterina Konovalova, Accounts Manager. Whilst Paul & Ekaterina’s daily roles are not directly involved in on-board security, West Nautical wanted them to be aware of the requirements and regulations enforced on yachts taken under management within our organisation, and to gain a better understanding of the increasing dangers and threats to our clients.
Managing Director Geoff Moore said “It has been excellent to have Richard here. Not only does it give us redundancy in having many qualified persons to act as the CSO, it has improved the back office’s knowledge on yacht security issues. Ekateriana is an accounts manager, but she she speaks to our clients regularly and this weeks’ training have given her a better understanding of some of the on-board and wider issues effecting our yachts and owners, especially with the recent issues in Tunisia and the migrant situation in the Southern Mediterranean. We have yachts transiting the Gulf of Aden and moving East after the summer season, so this training has placed us in a great position to work with the Captains and give them up to date information and advice.”