Guardian Receives Most Extraordinary Contribution to HSSE

Another award for Guardian, having just received the prestigious intergas 2016 award for “The most extraordinary contribution to HSSE”.

Following the very coveted award for the most ingenious use of plastic by the Ancient order of Horners in 2015 presented at the Lord Mayor of London’s  Mansion house in a glittering ceremony. Having recently defeated an attack by pirates on a fifth vessel protected by Guardian in the Gulf Of Guinea over 100 mariners have been saved from capture by pirates. The last attack on a Guardian Protected vessel was in 2013 proving its high visibility deterrent.

Guardian is the only passive anti boarding system to have 100% success rate against pirates, poses no injury risk to crews and is not required to be removed by port authorities. It’s the only anti-piracy barriers to carry patents worldwide with a proven track record.

Guardian is a fit and forget system that is always on duty 24/7/365

THE ORIGINAL AND THE BEST.

GUARDIAN awarded prestigious Horners Award for Plastics Design and Innovation

Guardian Maritime Limited is delighted to announce that its GUARDIAN™ anti-piracy barrier has been awarded the prestigious Horners Award for Plastics Design and Innovation.

The Horners Award is run jointly with the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and the Worshipful Company Of Horners (an ancient guild and livery company of the City of London) and is awarded for innovation in plastics design and manufacture, or in the processing of plastics.

The award is believed to be the longest established Design Award for Plastics in the world, dating back to the first competition in 1947.

Teresa Stevens, Owner and Designer of GUARDIAN said “I am very proud to have been chosen for this award from the Guild of Horners, being recognised by such an esteemed guild is a great honour. I would like to thank all those who have helped with the development of GUARDIAN including Paul Norman Plastics who guided me to the plastic Federation website. A very special thanks to Davy Green of Reduction Plastics who worked tirelessly with us to find the right compound, as well as guiding me on choice of toolmakers and manufacturers. Thanks to Total for their wonderful product 40/41 which gives GUARDIAN the properties it needs to perform to such a high standard and to The Plastic Federation for all the help and guidance I have received. Lastly our shipping clients for having recognised our product and the protection it provides for their crews and ships from acts of Piracy across the oceans of the World.”
The award was presented in a glittering ceremony held at Mansion House, by Guest of Honour Alderman Sir Michael Bear who acted as Lord Mayor Locum Tenens.

Kim Hawksworth, Marketing Exec at the BPF said “The field of entries was very strong this year, and Guardian was selected as the Judges felt that, as well as demonstrating innovative and detailed product design, the barriers show excellent innovation to solve a serious threat to shipping. We are confident it will also prove to be a great commercial success in the years to come.”

IMPA London 2015 – another great success for GUARDIAN

P1050508Held at the Queen Elizabeth II Exhibition Centre, and with more than 125 exhibitors from over 20 different countries, this year’s IMPA London was a great success for all.

GUARDIAN was featured during the exhibition as part of the Sinwa stand, with visitors being able to see a full-sized unit and view Guardian Maritime’s latest TV animation showing the simplicity of this leading anti-piracy barrier. The combined stand saw a constant flow of guests and visitors, allowing Guardian Maritime Directors, David & Teresa Stevens, the opportunity to meet both potential clients and global agents.

Speaking about the two days in London, David Stevens, Guardian Maritime CEO said: “It was a great two days for Guardian Maritime and the show was busy throughout. We were able to meet up with worldwide contacts and our visitors loved being able to feel and see a real full-sized unit – most being shocked at how lightweight and easy the system is!

“Our thanks go to our APC agents Sinwa, and we look forward to continuing to protect seafarers worldwide in the coming years. Sadly piracy is not going away and our shipping industry must remain both vigilant and fully protected, especially in HRAs.”

 

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GUARDIAN to be featured at IMPA London

PrintGUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers will feature on the SINWA Global stand, during IMPA London, taking place shortly on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th September at the Queen Elizabeth II Exhibition Centre in London.

As well as a full sized demonstration GUARDIAN unit, visitors to the exhibition will be able to meet owners and creators Teresa & David Stevens on the stand, to learn first-hand about how their barriers are protecting fleets and seafarers worldwide.

The IMPA London Exhibition & Conference is the premier event for marine purchasing & supply professionals, with this year’s event seeing over 125 exhibitors from more than 20 countries. Different from previous years, this time the exhibition runs concurrent with London International Shipping Week, so large footfalls of extra visitors are expected.

Looking ahead to the event, Teresa Stevens, Director and creator of GUARDIAN said:

“We are delighted to be at IMPA this year alongside SINWA, who are one of our main agents. With more ship owners and operators moving away from armed guards, Guardian offers a fantastic passive solution, already proven in protecting some of the world’s biggest fleets. Piracy continues to evolve, and recent attacks, particularly in the Asia Pacific, have been more aggressive and at increased frequency. GUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers not only protect the ship and cargo but also protect our valuable seafarers, giving them confidence that they can pass through high risk areas safely. We’d love to talk to visitors about our product, and they can see and touch an actual GUARDIAN unit – come and see us at the show!”

GUARDIAN can be found at stand 51 (SINWA) where you will be assured a warm welcome, so please do visit the exhibition.

For more information and a free exhibition ticket please visit www.impalondon.com

Guardian Maritime granted MOD supplier approval

IMG_0129 croppedGuardian Maritime are proud to announce that, with immediate effect, GUARDIAN™ anti-piracy barriers have been granted supplier approval for the Ministry of Defence.
GUARDIAN is currently protecting over 200 vessels which includes Tankers, Container ships, Oil drilling ships and a number of Ancillary ships.
Teresa Stevens, Owner and Designer of Guardian anti-piracy barriers said “We are extremely proud to become an approved supplier for the MOD. In product testing two ex-Royal Marines tried to board a ship protected with GUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers. Following the trial the commandoes concluded it was impossible to breach GUARDIAN’s defensive barrier – despite perfect conditions and assistance given to them. We very much look forward to providing protection against piracy and security threats to MOD vessels in the near future.”

Guardian Maritime at Wyvern College Seavision event

IMG_9884Seavision’s Maritime Week event, held recently at Wyvern College, was without doubt an unqualified success. A number of companies came together to give up their time to demonstrate to pupils that a career at sea is not just working on vessels, including:
Maritime Archaeology Trust,

The Royal Navy

Qinetiq

National Oceanography centre

Exxon Mobil

Southampton Solent University

Warsash Maritime Academy

Port of London Authority

Seafarers UK

Wenford

Guardian Maritime.

Plus many more companies and individuals gave up their time to raise awareness of careers at sea. The variety of opportunities for students to work within the maritime industry are vast, and shown by the number of companies that spent time with the students talking through the various options available.

Guardian Maritime were overwhelmed by the interest shown and would like to say a big thankyou to the IT department who managed to stream a clip of Captain Phillips, which played alongside the demo video of GUARDIAN™ barriers stopping pirates accessing the deck of a vessel. This sparked off a lively debate with the students about security on vessels, and they raised many questions about the reasons modern piracy began and what is being done in the shipping world to combat this threat, which resulted in some very interesting discussions.

A huge thank you to the students for being so welcoming, and to the staff and Headteacher Mr Newton who encouraged students to interact and ask questions. Finally, huge thanks go to Ewen at Seavision for organising the event.

GUARDIAN awarded Action Coach Solent award

Guardian Maritime are extremely proud to have been awarded the “Big Win of the month” award for June, through Action Coach Solent for its services to seafarers. Action Coach Solent provides coaching, training and business advice for a wide range of organisations. In conjunction with Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Action Coach presents a greatest achievement award monthly to a deserving individual or business. Guardian Maritime were the recipient of the June award for their services to seafarers; saving lives through the use of their GUARDIAN™ anti-piracy barrier.

Guardian forms partnership with Southampton Solent University

A lecturer is always on hand if you have questionsGuardian Maritime recently attended the Solent Offshore Renewable Energy Consortium (SOREC) event, held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. The event, held in conjunction with The European Union, Southampton Solent University, and the National Oceanography Centre, focused on “Turning the Tide”, with informative sessions on Tidal Energy, Commercial challenges and roundtable discussions.
Guardian were invitees of Southampton Solent University, who through their commitment to form links with partners from all sectors, have launched Knowledge Transfer Partnership. KTP is Europe’s leading programme for helping businesses to make better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base – enabling them to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance. Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, KTP is successful across the UK and is also one of the largest graduate recruitment programmes; aiding universities in driving the development of curriculum, training and research programmes.
Guardian Maritime are working closely with Southampton Solent University to form a partnership, offering an associate (recently qualified graduate) the opportunity to work on a key project for the business, providing valuable insight and experience for the associate, whilst providing strategic and competitive value for Guardian.

GUARDIAN™ Anti-piracy barriers now available to lease

A vessell protected by GUARDIANFollowing its continued success as a passive solution against the threat of piracy, Guardian Maritime is delighted to announce that GUARDIAN™ anti – piracy barriers are now available to lease.

GUARDIAN™ ship protection system provides worldwide 24/7 protection against stowaways, robbery and piracy for vessels, crew and cargo at sea, anchor or in port, as well as static installations such as oil rigs. Offering an affordable solution, with no initial outlay, the GUARDIAN leasing scheme provides the flexibility of a passive solution, at a fixed quarterly price.

David Stevens, Sales Director at Guardian Maritime says “In response to growing market demand, GUARDIAN is now available to lease, with immediate effect. As the only undefeated anti-piracy deterrent, we can continue to offer security and peace of mind to vessel owners and operators, however now with the added benefit of much more flexible payment options. This makes GUARDIAN a very cost effective solution, with costs now comparable with the quarterly replacement cost for razor wire – without any risk of injury to crew or danger to the environment. Ultimately it means we at Guardian Maritime will be able to safeguard more seafarers, which has always been our motivation behind the product.”

GUARDIAN is available worldwide, with stockists in Europe and Singapore, and manufacturing plants in Europe and South Africa. GUARDIAN is designed to cope in tropical temperatures, protecting a number of vessels in African regions however due to the changing face of piracy and recent environmental protests the threat is now spreading north, and finding increasing demand in the arctic region. GUARDIAN can withstand temperatures from – 40 degrees up to +80 degrees. The combined vessel and cargo value protected by GUARDIAN in excess of $22 billion, with over 4000 seafarers protected by GUARDIAN on average each day.

For further information on the leasing scheme contact Guardian Maritime on sales@guardian-maritime.com or telephone +44 (0)2393 784751.

“Peaceful” protesting requires a passive deterrent – how GUARDIAN™ is protecting against the Greenpeace threat

oil rig attackGreenpeace has hit the headlines again this month for boarding another oil rig in protest against drilling in the Artic. This time the protest was thwarted by worsening weather conditions, but the activists still managed to spend a total of six days living in the structure of the oil rig, causing huge disruption, expense and endangering both their own lives and the lives of the crew on-board.

Controversially, the lead story on the Greenpeace website homepage at the time of the attack was entitled “How to climb an Oil Rig” and accompanying pictures depicted a photographic guide on how to do just that. With regular twitter updates from the activists, and hashtags set up to enable supporters to interact directly; this threat to security shows no sign of disappearing.

In fact, Shell took the unprecedented step of filing a complaint in a federal court in Alaska seeking an order to remove the activists which resulted in a judge granting a restraining order against Greenpeace to prevent a repeat of the protest.

Shell spokeswoman, Kelly op de Weegh, issued a statement stating that while Shell respects the views and value the dialogue with those who oppose energy exploration “’We will not, however, condone the illegal tactics employed by Greenpeace. Nor will we allow these stunts to distract from preparations underway to execute a safe and responsible exploration program.”

“Peaceful” protesting, however disruptive to operations, costly and inconvenient, can only be countered morally, and arguably legally, by a passive deterrent. In 2013, 28 Greenpeace International Activists were charged with hooliganism and piracy and incarcerated for three months after boarding Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya platform, to protest against the production of oil from ice filled Arctic seas. Pictures of the arrest emerged at a much later date, with many questioning the level of force used against “peaceful” protestors. The threat of prison and risk to life– both their own and the crew on board they are endangering – is a risk these passionate protestors are willing to take. If this does not act as a deterrent – what can?

Teresa Stevens, owner and designer of GUARDIAN™anti-piracy barriers, believes the key is to prevent unwanted boarding in the first place. GUARDIAN provides a highly visible, robust and simple way of making access to ship or rig virtually impossible. Teresa says, “Greenpeace have placed numerous seafarers and rig workers in danger. While I appreciate they are warring with the oil companies, the executives who make the decisions will not be placed in jeopardy by these actions, the ordinary men and women who are working to provide for their families will be.  We feel passionately about safeguarding seafarers and will continue to work closely with vessel and oil rig owners to provide a passive solution that stops unwanted boarding.”

GUARDIAN is currently protecting over 200 vessels which includes Tankers, Container ships, Oil drilling ships and a number of Ancillary ships. GUARDIAN is designed to cope in tropical temperatures, protecting a number of vessels in African regions but due to the number of protests from Greenpeace Guardian is now moving North, and finding increasing demand in the arctic region. GUARDIAN can withstand temperatures from – 40 degrees up to +80 degrees. The combined vessel value protected by GUARDIAN in excess of $22 billion, with over 4000 seafarers protected by GUARDIAN on average each day.