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    Welcome to ASPIS Superyacht Security Magazine

    ASPIS Magazine is written for Captains, Crews, and Owners of superyachts with the goal to inform and educate in superyacht security matters. We believe that every incident can be prevented, we aim to provide the needed tools and information to keep our community safe, information that will help taking better desitions based on information, education, and training.

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For ages, shipping has been vulnerable to various maritime crimes. The collected data from maritime security incidents is a clear reflection of the fact that the industry was exposed to multiple maritime crimes year after year. Threats to the maritime industry were also seen during the Iran-Iraq war days. Numerous ships and maritime infrastructure were targeted during the period 1980- 1988. The hijacking of the Achille Lauro on October 7, 1985, an Italian cruise ship carrying 400 passengers by the Palestinian Liberation Front and killing of 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish-American exposed the lack of security in the industry. This incident raised concerns among the International Maritime Organization member states, as it threatened numerous human lives.

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On the occasion of people being rescued at sea such as immigrants, some sort of negotiations might be required in order to maintain order and safety onboard a yacht. Likewise, on the occasion of a hostage situation, some basic negotiation skills will be needed to make an understanding of the situation. Though in such cases professional negotiators will be eventually involved as soon as the authorities arrive on the scene, there will always be a critical time gap between the occurrence of the incident and the take-over by professionals.

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For years, yachts and oceans have been used to get away from the crowds, media, and various sets of prying eyes. This is rapidly changing with consumer drones that are cheap and easy to obtain and control. They are able to fly kilometers on a single charge and by pilots having minimal training. Powerful cameras are attached to the drone’s underbelly and their use is changing what used to be a tranquil space. While beneficial uses of drones are plentiful, so are the nefarious applications. ISIS has been reported to strap DIY grenades to drones and deploy against Iraqi military and civilian populations. Plane spotters deploying drones have been creating havoc around airports with flights halted until the drones are neutralized. Prisons regularly report that contraband is delivered by drones and there are many other novel uses of this new technology.

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Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of illegal activity worldwide. In 2016, climbs to the second most reported economic crime, affecting 32% of organizations1 and cost the global economy over $450 billion. The recent global malware attack, known as WannaCry2, infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries, causing mass disruption to banks, hospitals, and other organizations3. Some estimate that cybercrime will cost businesses over $2 trillion by 2019.

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You need to stay vigilant in high-risk areas, we provide information on attacks around the world.

All captains and owners are encouraged to report all actual, attempted and suspected piracy and armed robbery incidents to the Piracy Reporting Centre. This first step in the response chain is vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy.

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