Aspida Maritime Security partakes in the Green Award scheme

20 December 2016, ATHENS – Aspida Maritime Security officially became a Green Award incentive provider on 16 December, 2016. Aspida will help Green Award certificate holders and ships to enhance security at an attractive discount.

Green Award certificate proves that the ship’s or ship manager’s performance goes beyond the industry regulations in terms of safety, quality and prevention of environmental damage. Green Award ships strive for excellence of management and operations and are rewarded by incentive providers, ports and maritime businesses, for their efforts.

Aspida Maritime Security has become a Green Award incentive provider in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines. The company will support quality shipping by ensuring that sustainable ships certified by Green Award get access to great security enhancement services and products at a special price.

Aspida is a risk management organisation that provides fast and efficient solutions to complex situations and high risk environments. Their capabilities include Maritime & Energy Security, Cyber Security, Land Security, Search and Rescue (SAR), Refugee Response, Specialised Training and Underwater Services.

Effective 16 December 2016, Aspida will reimburse a 10% of the annual Green Award fees to all Green Award certified ships utilizing Aspida’s Onboard Security teams. It will also offer a discount of 15% on the tariff of the Cyber Security User Awareness courses, 10% off on Cyber Security Audits to all Green Award Certified Ships and a 5% discount on all other Maritime Security services (in-port security, consultancy, training). Furthermore, Aspida offers free external Cyber Security Vulnerability Assessment to all Green Award certified companies.

From left to right: Mr Panos Moraitis, CEO/Aspida, Mr Dimitrios Mattheou, Chairman/Green Award Foundation, Mr Jan Fransen, Executive Director/Green Award Foundation

On 16 December 2016, Mr Dimitrios Mattheou, Green Award Chairman, handed over a symbolic Green Award plaque to Mr Panos Moraitis, CEO of Aspida Maritime Security, sealing the co-operation. ‘In spite of reports declaring that piracy is decreasing, the maritime industry still faces serious challenges to the security of its crews, cargoes and vessels. The estimated annual loss due to piracy worldwide is about $13 billion. The duty to make travel and transport by sea as safe as possible necessitates the cooperation of all involved parties to the fullest possible extent, in the repression of piracy on global and regional levels,’ said Mr Mattheou.

‘The strengthening and improvement of safety on-board and off-shore/ashore is the highest priority of both Aspida Maritime Security and Green Award. The solutions offered by Aspida, will help and assist the Green Award certificate holders in the management of identified risks, the prevention against illegal acts and the best protection of their vessels, resulting to life saving and the preservation of the planet.’
According to Mr Panos Moraitis ‘Safety at sea has always been our top priority in Aspida by continuously adding value to our high quality services to adapt to a demanding and changing environment. Our aim is to differentiate through innovation and development in order to mitigate the risks our clients face and protect them and their assets. With this partnership we believe that our shared values will give us the opportunity to help in sustaining shipping activities.’

About Aspida
Aspida is a risk management organization that offers comprehensive safety and security services from initial audit and planning, to implementation, assessment and emergency response, along with: intelligence, consultancy, certified training, while developing new concepts and risk mitigation solutions. It works with corporations, governments and NGOs, utilising its strong background in the Shipping industry.

In Shipping, the Maritime Security division specialises in vessel and port facility security including high quality Anti-Piracy services in all ports around the HRA certified as per: ISO 28007:1 - 2015, ISO 9001, ISO14001,OHSAS18001.

Among Land Security capabilities are Close Protection, Mobile Protection and Static Site Security in Hostile Environments, NGOs Support in Hostile Environments and Personnel Training, which are planned, coordinated and executed by highly experienced professionals.

Meanwhile, Cyber Security has been a high priority of the global agenda in the past few years and is now more important than ever, as the attacks become more sophisticated and difficult to detect, have a greater financial impact, and cause widespread credibility damage. With an extensive background in Security and Risk management Aspida uses a holistic approach to provide a 360° Cyber Security cover, by proofing systems, developing secure SOPs and working on social engineering.

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