Free Bogus Security Kit Briefing Paper For SSOs

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Feb 182011

ADE 651, one of several explosives/drugs/stowaway detectors that are not fit for purpose

Following the arrest of Major General Jihad al-Jabiri, commander of the bomb squad in Iraq, on corruption charges related to the controversial ADE-651 explosives detector Maritime Accident Casebook has developed and issued a briefing paper for Ship Security Officers and others with a security remit. The ADE651 and similar devices are widely used in South and South East Asia, China and Belgium and present a risk to seafarers, their ships and cargo.

Although the UK government has banned exports of the ADE651 and similar devices to Iraq and Afghanistan exports to other countries are permitted. Mexico’s Pemex has bought several of the devices for use in defending its facilities and China and Belgium reportedly use the devices in ports. Continue reading »

Beware Fake Bomb Detectors

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Dec 312010

A swivelling radio antenna? Probably a fake bomb detector


Download the free briefing for ship security officers and others with a security remit here.

The briefing provides the background to the devices and the hazards they present when used in a maritime/port security context, how to identify them and suggested responses when the devices are known to be in use.

SSO Briefing

Seafarers may lose their lives if fraudulent ‘bomb-detectors’ currently being marketed to gullible government security agencies and anti-terrorism companies are used to assess the presence or absence of explosives aboard ship. Ship security officers should learn to identify this class of equipment and be aware that it does not work, cannot detect what the makers claim it can detect,  and that any reliance on such equipment represents a hazard to the vessel, its crew and its cargo. Continue reading »