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The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) has announced its selection of National Security Inspectorate (NSI) as its independent assessor of maritime security companies, after a competitive tendering process.

SAMI’s Accreditation Programme has three distinct stages: Due diligence of the company’s commercial standing, practices and supporting documentation; an office verification of the administrative, logistical and operational procedures to ensure that maritime security operations are conducted to a professional standard; and finally, checks of deployed teams to ensure company procedures are being followed. Accreditations will begin in early November and the entire process is expected to take between four to six months depending upon the size of the company.

The SAMI Accreditation Programme has been developed in line with the IMO’s revised MSC Circular 1405 and upholds Circulars 1406 and 1408, as well as additional industry best practices.

SAMI Director, Peter Cook said: “It was prudent for the SAMI Accreditation Programme to employ an independent, third-party to implement the scheme. Our choice of NSI was clear due to their thorough approach to inspection processes and knowledge and experience of the security sector.”

NSI Chief Executive, Jeff Little added: “We are delighted to work with SAMI, it will be a demanding remit, often working within a fast paced, challenging global environment. Our mission at NSI will be to uphold the independence and credibility of the SAMI Standard.”