The watertight door. A common sight on a vessel or rig at sea. Most would not think much about it, just something to pass through to get to your destination. Look closer and you will see that it is locked…from the outside. Space accountability for vessel safety demands that access to a compartment be controlled from the exterior of the space for a variety of scenarios; fire, flooding, lack of air, to name a few.
Piracy at sea has been a scourge of the maritime world for centuries. The methods used to protect crew and cargo has steadily changed with modern times. As directed in STCW Vessel Security Training the threats are divided into categories, each with its own specific assessment and protocols.
The most dangerous of conditions is when borders have been breached. It takes only a brief period of time for an experienced pirate to come aboard. Repelling the attack comes with a wide variety of resources, including maritime security teams; trained contractors that can deploy deadly force if necessary to protect crew and cargo. Some companies and ships use wire fencing or fire hoses to guard the boundary, all of which have little or no guarantee of a successful deterrent.
Another common method to safeguard personnel once the pirates have boarded is by locking them in a secure, watertight, compartment. That action creates quite a conundrum; who unlocks the door? A procedure that is designed to protect now serves to incarcerate. Safe Escape Locking System protects crew and cargo with an extremely innovative, simple to install and operate device.
Approved by ABS, IMO, and USCG this apparatus can be used to quickly evacuate a space that is locked from the other side. Take another look at your methods for crew counter-piracy protection and ask yourself if it can do the job effectively. You can discover how to accomplish that objective with one of the most innovative and simple to operate systems there is on the market at www.SafeEscapeLock.com