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Security searches carried out for Kingdom ferry client

clip_image002Five of Kingdom’s officers spent all of last week carrying out an exercise at six ports in Scotland. The team travelled over 800 miles and conducted 715 searches of vehicles and passengers that were boarding the vessels of their client, CalMac Ferries, mostly in the pouring rain. The team consisted of Jamie Graham, Ryan MacVicar, Abigail Everett, Samuel Smith and Martin Mitchell. The photo to the left shows them relaxing at the end of very busy and intense week.

Kingdom is required to complete four such exercises per year as part of their security contract with CalMac Ferries, in order to ensure that the client is compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. ISPS is an amendment to the Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies. It came into force in 2004 and prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to “detect security threats and take preventative measures after security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.” It is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities that was developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

If the British government was to raise the Maritime Threat Level to Level 2, in order to comply with the ISPS Code Kingdom would be required to mobilise in excess of 48 officers to conduct searches on between 30 and 50% of all vehicles and passengers prior to them boarding vessels at six of CalMac’s mainland port facilities in Scotland - Ullapool, Uig, Mallaig, Oban, Kennacraig and Ardrossan. The quarterly exercise carried out by Kingdom last week was therefore to ensure that Kingdom and CalMac Ferries are prepared in case the threat level gets raised.

Commenting on the exercise, Kingdom’s Regional Business Manager, Jamie Graham, said: “The team performed exceptionally well during the exercise despite the numerous challenges (the weather being the main one and unhappy passengers slightly behind) but they remained professional at all times and all targets were achieved which was great as it was the first live exercise. We learned a lot, as did our client, and I am looking forward to implementing the changes that are needed to ensure an even better result next time round.”

Kingdom provides both security and cleaning services for CalMac Ferries Ltd. CalMac is short for Caledonian MacBrayne. It is the largest fleet of car and passenger ferries in the United Kingdom. It has 31 vessels in operation providing lifeline services to 24 islands off the west coast of Scotland, as well as operating routes across the River Clyde. They provide 135,585 sailings every year – an average of 371 sailings a day – to 50 ports. In May they won a new £900million contract to continue operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network for a further eight year period. For more information about CalMac Ferries, please visit https://www.calmac.co.uk/

Innovative, independent and driven to explore new ways Kingdom successfully manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard specialising in security, cleaning and environmental protection. Our national network of regional support offices manage thousands of service personnel to the highest standard, benchmarked by all the major UK quality accreditation bodies.

Established in 1993 and operating nationally, commercial and service strength supported with organic and acquisition growth has seen Kingdom become one of the largest independently owned companies in the UK within their areas of service expertise. Commercially strong they have a strategy to continually grow and strengthen by expanding their services and offering a complete support service to their customers.

Kingdom take a fresh approach to the support services market: adapting to the proliferation of new technologies and emerging security threats, whilst also offering their customers a leaner, smarter and more connected way of working.

For more information about Kingdom and all their services, please visit www.kingdom.co.uk or call 0845 051 7702.

Photo (l-r): Jamie Graham, Ryan MacVicar, Samuel Smith, Martin Mitchell, Abigail Everett