A THORN IN THE SIDE OF PIRATES - NEW GLOBAL MARITIME OPERATIONS CENTRE OPENS
Members of the press are invited to the opening of a new state of the art global anti-piracy centre in Portsmouth. Intelligence Analysts and Operations Officers will be on hand for interview to explain how their 24/7 operations room helps to fight global maritime piracy and terrorism and avoid tragedies such as the Costa Concordia disaster. Journalists and photographers will be able to see real-time threats to vessels avoided and watch live streaming of intelligence as it beams direct into the hub from sources all over the world.
Date: Thursday 16th February 2012
Where: Technopole, Dryad Maritime Operations Centre, Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth, PO2 8FA. (Take the M275 from the M27 towards Portsmouth and the first exit before the flyover – signposted North End and Cross Channel Ferries. Take the second exit at the roundabout, sign-posted North End. Turn first right, in front of the Travelodge hotel. You can park in front of the building if there’s space or in the car park opposite. Sign in at reception to avoid a parking ticket).
Confirm attendance: Nikki Carpenter, Head of Marketing & Communications +44 (0)7786 513757
Home to some impressive, state of the art technology, the centre is pivotal in monitoring and analysing the movements, assaults and trends of pirate action groups around the world. To seafarers, the centre is a lifeline. It tells them where the pirates are, where they are headed and what they look like. When too close for comfort, the centre warns ships and they are diverted to safer waters. Manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by a team of ex-Royal Navy warfare specialists and intelligence experts, the centre is reminiscent of a scene from a James Bond movie.
“We expect the threat from piracy to continue, we are investing heavily in infrastructure and technology to give our clients an outsourced operations centre that rivals any naval force. Utilising real-time, analysis led Maritime Intelligence can save on average 3-4 days for a vessel in transit with related savings to Charterers and Shipowners on Bunkers, Hire and the employment of physical security teams amounting to around $90,000 - $220,000 per transit.”
Karen Jacques, Chief Operating Officer, Dryad Maritime and SAMI board member.
Notes to Editors:
Dryad Maritime is a specialist maritime intelligence company helping seafarers to quantify, mitigate and manage the threats from piracy, terrorism and other waterborne threat and crime. The predictive nature and practical application of Dryad’s intelligence enables seafarers to make planning and operational decisions that safeguard their safety as well as their commercial operations.
Different from news aggregators, Dryad Maritime sources the most accurate information from their extensive and privileged network around the world; applies methodical, strategic analysis using subject matter experts and produces predictive forecasts which inform seafarers where the risks are and how to mitigate them.
For more information or to arrange interviews please contact:
Nikki Carpenter, Head of Marketing & Communications
Tel: +44 (0)7786 513757