An alternative to razor wire

RailDavid and Teresa Stevens are the couple behind what has become on of the most effective tools against piracy.

Guardian works by covering the ship’s safety rails with a specially designed plastic barrier made in one metre sections that slot over a vessel’s rails. Once installed, Guardian provides a robust and simple way of making access to a ship, yacht or rig as difficult as possible.

Guardian was the brainchild of Teresa. She realised that, rather than focusing their efforts on trying to remove pirates from ships, the key was to make it impossible for them to get on board in the first place.

In product testing, the UK’s Royal Marines tried to board a ship protected with Guardian anti-piracy barriers and, after two hours, they gave up and the design was declared a success. The system is currently protecting some of the world’s biggest fleets including CMA CGM, Maersk, BW Tankers as well as being used to protect offshore rigs and drilling ships.

“Unlike razor wire, Guardian is safe, easy to install and move at port,” says Teresa Stevens. It acts as a barrier both by preventing access and also by restricting the view on deck – enabling crew more security to move about unseen by pirates at sea-level. The units are designed with a high level of UV protection and the polymer does not absorb water, so is ideally suited to a maritime environment. Guardian is environmentally friendly, saves operating costs by lasting three to five years, and is recyclable.

Once installed the kit does not need to be removed or stored. The only sections that have to be moved are those covering fairleads or chocks. This takes five minutes and are just as easily replaced as removed.

The units are “very well priced”, claims Stevens, and carry a five year warranty. In comparison to razor wire the cost can generally be recovered in 12 to 18 months. Giving the vessel a further 3-4 years of protection, the units can then be sold on to be recycled.

An impressive 7,000 Guardian kits were sold last year and the aim is to quadruple this number in 2014, evidence that the issue of piracy has by no means disappeared despite the threat off Somalia diminishing in the past 12 months.

“Piracy continues to be a worldwide issue, whilst incidents in East Africa may be waning in other parts of the world – Gulf of Guinea and the Indian Ocean are just two examples – attacks are increasing,” says Stevens.

The company is now receiving enquiries from the private sector for the protection of super yachts and cruise vessels.

“The beauty of Guardian is that it is available in any colour, and can be made to look very beautiful for cruise lines and super yachts. This is a line currently in development,” says Stevens. Different sized units will go into production from this July.

Rather than buying the kit, owners might soon have the possibility of renting it. The company is discussing with agents the possibility of keeping units in a transit port to fit to vessels that are just making a single voyage through the high risk area. They will fit the kits and remove once the vessel is safely back.

Ironically, the Stevens are now fighting their own piracy battles. “While there was nothing like it available on the market before I designed Guardian,” Stevens relates, “sadly as with all great ideas people with no original ideas of their own are trying to steal the design and copy it, we are fighting IP battles constantly.”

Original article published in Maritime CEO
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Guardian Maritime strengthen their worldwide management team

TeamGuardian Maritime Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Jean Winfield as its new Marketing Director, strengthening their worldwide management team.

Jean has more than 20 years’ experience in PR & marketing, with the last 15 years being specifically in maritime having been involved with many shipping companies and events across the globe. She joins Guardian Maritime’s board having already worked with the company through her PR & marketing company Jeanius Consulting and is delighted to take on the new additional role.

“From the very first time I saw GUARDIAN™ I knew it was both a product and a company I would like to work with, a company passionate about tackling piracy and safeguarding seafarers. I am looking forward to working with the sales team to promote and extend GUARDIAN’s reach, continuing to provide ships with both a highly visual deterrent as well as a practical and cost effective anti-piracy system. GUARDIAN is both safe and easy for crew to use, meaning no more cuts from razor wire and is environmentally friendly by being recyclable too.”

The first real alternative to razor wire, GUARDIAN works by covering a ship’s safety rails with a specially designed barrier. Once installed, GUARDIAN provides a highly visible, robust and simple way of making access to ship or rig virtually impossible. The system is currently protecting some of the world’s biggest fleets including CMA-CGM, Maersk, BW Tankers as well as being used to protect offshore rigs and drilling ships.

Welcoming her appointment, David Stevens, Guardian Maritime’s Sales Director, said: “I am delighted that Jean has joined our team and look forward to seeing her continue to drive the business forward. GUARDIAN anti-piracy barriers ensure shipping and more importantly seafarers are protected while operating in high risk areas. ”

Tackling the continuing problem of piracy

PiracyWith the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB) reporting 12 worldwide piracy incidents in 2014 already, piracy continues to be a huge concern for the shipping industry. A visible Navy presence, coupled with large investment in its infrastructure, has seen the number of piracy incidents in Somalia decline from 176 confirmed piracy attacks in the region in 2011 to 7 in 2013.  However, piracy continues to prove a worldwide issue and the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, Madagascar and the Indian Ocean continues to increase.

Teresa Stevens, owner and designer of GUARDIAN anti- piracy barriers says “Piracy hasn’t ceased – it has just moved.  It won’t ever cease until we can take a hard line against pirates to prevent them from doing this.”

GUARDIAN is a ship protection system which works by covering a ship’s safety rails with a specially designed barrier. The first real alternative to razor wire, it acts as a highly visible, robust and simple way of making access to ship or rig virtually impossible.  The system is currently protecting some of the world’s biggest fleets, including CMA-CGM, Maersk and BW Tankers.

GUARDIAN is provided by Guardian Maritime Limited, a UK registered company specialising in the development and installation of vessel protection systems.  It is run by husband and wife team David and Teresa Stevens, who have seen a marked change in the methods now used by pirates. David says “It used to be climb on with a pole, rob what you can and get off.  It’s now moved into the big piracy where it’s take the ships, hold them to ransom. Or take the ships, unload them, and sink the ships.”  David continued by saying that when the ships cannot be taken, European Officers on board are held at ransom instead;  “When they take the European Officers they know they will get a massive response from the media and that there will be large sums of money coming their way to release them.”

The huge cost implications involved in each piracy incident, not to mention the threat to the safety of the crew, has resulted in ship owners investing in anti-piracy measures.  Should a vessel face an attack, GUARDIAN acts as barrier both by preventing access and also by restricting the view on deck – enabling crew more security to move about unseen by pirates at sea-level. This in itself is paramount to the crew’s safety, allowing them the time to get to safety and to avoid gunfire.

Unlike razor wire, the current choice of anti- piracy control for many vessels, GUARDIAN is perfectly safe, eliminating the risk of injury and infection caused to many seafarers. Easy to install and move at port, Teresa concludes  “GUARDIAN is perfect as part of a layered defence system, working  well alone or in tandem with the armed guards, acting as a shield for the guards to get into position unseen.  Using both systems together in extreme high risk areas is the only way to go.”

Written by Amanda Roberts, Jeanius Consulting
Published in All About Shipping
www.allaboutshipping.co.uk

GUARDIAN™ goes from strength to strength

RailFollowing on from the proven success of the product over the last twelve months, the GUARDIAN brand of anti-piracy barriers restructures under a new company name.

With immediate effect, GUARDIAN will now be provided by Guardian Maritime Limited.

In taking their whole operation back in-house the original inventors and owners, David and Teresa Stevens, plan to further expand the company, adding to the team and increasing worldwide representation as well as further developing a range of additional anti-piracy products.

The first real alternative to razor wire, GUARDIAN works by covering a ship’s safety rails with a specially designed barrier. Once installed, GUARDIAN provides a highly visible, robust and simple way of making access to ship or rig virtually impossible.

Manufactured with UV protection, resistant to water and most chemicals (acids, alkalis, oils etc) and remaining robust over the temperature range experienced by vessels, it is ideally suited to a maritime environment. GUARDIAN’s sections are interchangeable between vessels, providing a strong and rigid structure, tailored to fit around fairleads and unique structures. Easy to use and far safer to handle than traditional razor wire for crew, GUARDIAN also saves operating costs by lasting three to five years and is recyclable.

The system is currently protecting some of the world’s biggest fleets including CMA-CGM, Maersk, BW Tankers as well as being used to protect offshore rigs and drilling ships.

“GUARDIAN remains the original, best quality and only readily available product with a proven track record. It has a 100% success rate in protecting ships and rigs which is crucial for those ships operating in high risk areas.” says Teresa Stevens, Director of Guardian Maritime Limited. “We are sadly aware that there are companies reportedly offering ship owners and operators an alternative, inferior product. We are currently taking full legal action against such companies for infringement of design rights, patent and licenses. There is only one genuine GUARDIAN for ships and only one product in production ready for the market.”

The success since its launch in 2012 is echoed by ship operators “The GUARDIAN system is a perfect and cost effective way of refusing boarding to pirates and stowaways. After numerous and extensive tests we found the GUARDIAN system impregnable and effective. I highly recommend GUARDIAN for any Marine Company whether they be low and slow or high speed with freeboard” says Rob Twell, Quality, Safety & Security Manager CMA CGM Group.

The new website is also launched today www.guardian-maritime.com and is complimented by an active twitter featuring piracy news and comment.

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