A solution to prevent stowaways on cargo ships won the Transport Security Award, sponsored by TAPA EMEA, at this month’s Counter Terror Awards in the UK.

Stowaways present a range of problems for ship owners, not only the financial cost of repatriation but also the potential risk to crew and the vessel’s safety and security if stowaways are not detected before a ship leaves port. The award-winning company, Regal Maritime Solutions, deploys highly experienced maritime security teams onboard merchant and private vessels – ex-military personnel – who use their skills and expertise to secure ships making port calls in high risk regions of the world.

The award was presented to Regal Maritime Solutions’ Managing Director, Ashley Haw (centre of photograph) by Laurence Brown, TAPA EMEA’s Executive Director, and Sir Michael Fallon MP (right of photograph), former UK Secretary of State for Defence and member of the National Security Council, who hosted the inaugural Counter Terror Awards in London.      

The event was attended by an audience of European security leaders, including senior counter terror police officers, and heads of security from both the private and public sectors. The Counter Terror Awards have been launched to recognise the efforts of organisations in both the public and private sectors which have made significant contributions to counter terror strategy in the UK and overseas, and helped mitigate the diverse range of terrorist threats that nations and businesses face every day.

Laurence Brown said: “As well as supporting a new award that promotes transport security, the Counter Terror Awards 2018 helped to raise the profile of TAPA EMEA to a highly influential audience of law enforcement and security professionals and establish us in their minds as the leading Security Expert Network for everyone in the supply chain.”     

The four other finalists in this award category were ATG Access, Stobart Air, Amulet Ballistic Barriers, and Smiths Detection.