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SUPERYACHT SECURITY

DID YOU COVERED ALL NECESSARY TO PROVIDE TOP NOTCH SERVICE ON YOUR CORPORATE EVENT AND ENTERTAINMENT YACHT CHARTERS?

Defining the strategy, the approach and the realistic appraisal of what is needed
– how, where, when and why – are the foundation on which security is built.

Paranoia & Insecurity

It is perhaps a sad truth that “a nicer life comes with greater strife”. This is exactly why owners of the world’s most luxurious yachts, and charter agencies, have to consider security as a significant part of their leisure while being in a port.

The risks of violence and criminality– robbery, kidnapping, terrorism, smuggling, cyber-attacks, intrusion, and extortion are real and present. They cannot and should not be ignored for the sake of everyone involved.

Criminals are aware of the potentially rich pickings when it comes to private yachts, and so it is vital that they are not seen as a vulnerable target.

Even the presence of a single security guard at the entrance of the yacht makes a big difference in the eyes of criminals.

It also makes a difference in the eyes of guests and it serves as a way to promote your yacht’s brand. When guests board your yacht and are immediately greeted by professional protection services they can enjoy a feeling of security and will view at your brand as being considerate for their wellbeing. However, security guards are more than hiring someone for an intimidating presence. They must be professional, dressed to represent your brand, bring a smile to your guests’ faces, and be professionally personable. All of these qualities can be hard to obtain without great soft skills and social dynamics, which is why XS INTERNATIONAL GmbH is the company that can represent your brand down to the finest detail of quality service.

Where there are lots of people it’s possible that someone may try to enter a yacht. This is most commonly done out of curiosity and without any bad intentions, but it is still unacceptable behavior and a security threat. Even though these cases are very rare, many guests don’t feel comfortable or secure without a security guard.

Imagine that this case was to happen on a private yacht without a security guard, someone would still have to be in charge of removing uninvited guests. This should never be the responsibility of guests on the ship or the crew that is preoccupied with keeping the vessel running smoothly.

Although the chance of someone trespassing on your yacht is minor, it can still cause a great amount of concern for your guests. The best way to attract new clientele is to keep them safe and make sure their every need is met, which includes their need for security. Having a guard who will be present at entrances, patrol the yacht all the time, protect belongings, and take care of guests’ needs can be a priceless service for many high-profile individuals.

ACCESS CONTROL / CROWD MANAGEMENT

When you have a large group of people waiting to board your yacht, it’s always a good idea to have someone to control that flow of the people. This is especially true if boarding takes place close to the sea where there is a risk of someone falling in. Depending on the individual and the scenario, such a situation if nothing else will ruin clothes, phones, and their plans for a good time out. Having a trained security professional at the ready ensures a smoother boarding process which diminishes guest’s chances of taking a risky fall, and in the case that a guest does fall, you can be assured that there is a professional on hand to provide immediate assistance.

Crowd control management is a specific training program that all of the individuals of XTREME SECURITY  team need to learn. Crowd safety is not just about trying to merely control the crowd, it involves using the right kind of communication and effectuating the perfect leadership skills to manage the crowd. When a crowd is controlled by an experienced and trained security professional, even the most intense situations can be alleviated in a favorable manner.

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Imagine that the event has already started, and your event coordinators could not board on the yacht since they still wait for some guests who are late. Now, you do not have enough staff who will welcome the guests and run an event program on the yacht at the same time. You do not know how many guests have boarded so far, and if there is still anyone on the dock waiting to board. At such a point, many things can go wrong, and the event can even be ruined without event coordinator. To make things worse, last-minute help is hard to find and even more difficult to rely on. Luckily, XTREME SECURITY professionals are experienced in assisting with events of all sizes and specifics, making them the perfect reliable fill-in at an overbooked or understaffed event.

Now imagine that the event is not over yet, but there are some elderly guests as well as couples with children aboard and they want to go back to the coast, but tenders are not around and nobody knows where they have gone. You can’t easily tell whether they are on the way back to the yacht or if they are with another group of people heading back to port.

XTREME SECURITY can control and manage tenders to ensure that guests never have to deal with the uncertainty and frustration of waiting for unpredictable tender services. All of these problems and more can be prevented as long as professionals in security and management are on board!

Health & Safety

Rules of conduct on yachts are mostly the same everywhere, and for those who are boaters or are frequent guests at yacht events, this is not a problem. However, there are always those who are on a yacht for the first time, and we should warn them if they accidentally violate the rules on board and thereby endanger the safety of themselves and others. Informing guests of these conduct codes in a polite and educational manner is key to maintaining a successful event and safety. Issues such as smoking on a yacht or leaving glasses on a terrace fence, for instance, must be addressed immediately, and XTREME SECURITY officers are professionals at relaying this information respectfully.

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First Aid & Firefighting

All Xtreme Security operatives are certified internationally through the AREMT and Belgian Ministry of Health. They are CPR/AED qualified and possess Pediatric Health Care qualifications as well. These qualifications make them capable of assisting your crew in any type of health emergency.

Their security professionals are also STCW95 certified Ship Security Officers, trained in live-fire exercises. This certification has provided them with a comprehensive understanding of the theory of fire within an onboard environment. Since this knowledge is combined with a familiarity with the use of fixed and portable firefighting equipment, they can also assist the crew in case of fire.

Experience

Their Superyacht Security Service intervenes with operational standards of excellence, knowing how to easily adapt to the nature of the risk and the threat, whether it is a superyacht with a high density of guests, or whether it is necessary to intervene in smaller yacht charters, with a number of passengers limited to one family or a few people. They know how to recognize and adapt their terms of intervention in the most rigorous respect for privacy and in the most scrupulous observance of the rules of engagement. Xtreme Security staff is also extensively trained to be aware of and act in accordance with cultural expectations, customs and habits on board, the size of the Super Yacht, and many other situation-specific factors.

Xtreme Security has experience in managing security on prestige Yachts such as the “Christina O” for instance. We do not have to say more about “Christina O” than we already did.

Xtreme Security Protection teams are experienced, professional, discreet, and ready to address the growing threats in port and at sea. Their specialty is Counter-Piracy Crisis Management delivered to privately owned yachts. They are capable of mitigating threats to protect the crew, owners, and the reputations of everyone on board.

NOTHING IS MORE MEMORABLE THAN AN EVENT HELD ON A PRIVATE LUXURY YACHT, COMPLETE WITH AN ATTENTIVE CREW, 5-STAR CATERING, AND SUPER YACHT SECURITY

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Anti Piracy

In a world where warm weather is usually considered better, the yachting scene heads to warmer climates throughout the winter months. Typically, those popular winter charter destinations include countries in the Middle East, like Bahrain, Oman, Dubai, or Abu Dhabi for a famous F1 Race. However, there are also destinations within Indian Ocean regions, including Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives. Even with the presence of Naval Forces in the Indian Ocean, the threat posed by the Somali pirates has not been completely eliminated. To many, the term ‘pirates’ may evoke images of galleons and treasure, but for both commercial sailors and superyacht owner’s piracy, this word is linked to a serious threat.

Vessels in international waters are continuing their fight against pirates as recent changes lend reason for concern. What was thought to be a decade-long decline in piracy incidents ended in 2020 when there were 33 more recorded piracy attacks than the previous year, and sadly 2021 isn’t showing more promising results. The International Chamber of Commerce Global Piracy Reporting Center reported 33 vessels being boarded, two attempted attacks, two vessels being fired upon, and one being hijacked in just the first three months of 2021. To make matters worse, there is a significant increase in kidnapped crew, and one hostage has even been killed this year.

Currently, incidents of piracy are shifting in nature and location. The Gulf of Guinea continues to display exceptionally high piracy risks, with records showing pirates in this area as being capable of traveling the furthest for shore for choreographed attacks. Although a reduction in attacks has been noted for the Gulf of Aden and Indonesia, these areas still require caution. The Americas and Singapore straits are also experiencing an increase in piracy. This seemingly global increase is thought to be the result of pandemic-related poverty and hardships. As COVID-19 continues to ravage equipped countries, piracy rates are expected to continue their increase.

While many acts of piracy seem to focus on shipping vessels with valuable cargo, the recent increase in hostage-taking suggests concern for all vessels, especially those with high-value individuals onboard. This includes cruises and yachts of all sizes. The Indian Ocean is a popular location for leisurely travel, and historically it was considered a higher risk area. In recent years reported piracy rates have dropped, and the Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles were removed from the UK Maritime Trade Operations high-risk area list.

A similar reduction was noted in the Mediterranean Sea, but this does not mean those areas are completely safe. Piracy is still a serious threat to passengers and crew. It only takes one hijacking for many people to be harmed, kidnapped, or worse.

How to pirate-proof your superyacht?

These events are concerning, but they should not be allowed to ruin your yacht’s ability to travel freely, that is why Xtreme Security are here to help. Xtreme Security is a specialist Superyacht security provider that takes pride in delivering anti-piracy services and has been doing so since 2011.

Xtreme Security employ individuals with an extensive Maritime background, who have experience in providing anti-piracy service onboard Super Yachts, in an effort to provide the best possible service. Their team is capable of ultimately mitigating the risk involved in traversing high-risk areas such as the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and the Red Sea. To ensure your safe passage through the critical area of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, they can provide you with an armed escort with ex-Royal Marine Commando operatives and the best possible equipment.

Their Superyacht Security services are aimed at people who work in various fields, including yacht charter agencies, travel agencies, yacht owners, celebrities on board yacht, athletic professionals, politicians or simply those who need to feel safer onboard their Super Yacht.

If you or your clientele fit these descriptions, then it is time for you to consider hiring security professionals for your next voyage.

it is time for you to consider hiring security professionals for your next voyage.

Counter Paparazzi Services

Drones against privacy!

The commercial drone industry is expected to surpass $1 billion in annual sales in 2019. Although these gadgets have a wide range of beneficial applications, they also pose a growing threat to superyacht owners and the privacy of their guests.

This was demonstrated by the case of seven guests aboard a superyacht moored in Porto Colom, Mallorca, in June 2017 who were filmed by a drone as they sunbathed naked on the deck of their yacht.

When it comes to buying commercial drones, there are many people at organizations with various ideas of how to use them and employ them in business, but there are also people who do not want drones to interfere with their businesses and their privacy.

In addition to violating a yacht owner’s personal privacy, there also is the possibility that drones could be used by criminals to gain a bird’s eye view of a vessel and highlight its vulnerabilities.

The paparazzi are a constant worry for celebrities. It used to be fine to slip off a bathing suit to enjoy some full sun when you are anchored far from the beach, but now there’s the worry of a camera being in the sky.

When it comes to protecting privacy, the needs are great from a very diverse group of organizations, as well as individuals. Private events with high entertainment value or controversy are prime opportunities for outsiders to spy, harass, harm, or illegally record using drones. A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that is controlled from a distance, and that’s why physical protection and standard security measures are not enough to keep them in check. Drones can capture a birds-eye view of large-scale exhibitions. They can freely infiltrate gated environments and avoid capture by security on the ground. This makes these consumer aircrafts ideal tools for unlicensed recording and transmission of event footage.

Xtreme Security company are able to provide you anti-UAV devices to monitor all dimensions of an event space, on the ground or on the yacht. Their Anti-UAV solutions offers temporary installments for special events, – or as a permanent installation in cooperation with the producer MyDefence from Denmark, to provide each and every yacht with an anti-drone protection plan that really works.

For more information check XTREME SECURITY website or contact them;
info@xtremesecurity.eu

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