Anti Piracy and Maritime Security

Anti Piracy and Maritime Security
Maritime Early Detection System

Maritime Early Detection System (M.E.D.S)

Overview: Maritime Early Detection Systems (MEDS™) is a combination of unique integrated state of the art technologies. By equipping maritime assets with these advanced detection systems we can dramatically decrease the potential of a hostile takeover of ships /rigs in port or at sea. The worldwide threat of terrorism and piracy in international waters is increasing exponentially and the need for a solution is becoming paramount. Option 1 uses a proximity sensor network with built in motion sensing which provides short range detection capabilities that allow a ship’s crew enough time to take the necessary measures to successfully avoid attacks before assailants are in the pilot house and have control of the vessel.

Maritime Early Detection Systems (M.E.D's) for Oil Rigs, Semi-Submersibles and Jack-Ups!

Ninety percent of the world’s trade moves in containers and nearly half of all incoming U.S. trade moves by ship. The current situation is bleak at best, Maritime attacks are on the increase. Pirates are more aggressive. The financial impact is significant and increasing. Military solutions are weak– they can’t be everywhere at the same time and private sector solutions are non–existent.

Monitor Systems design, supply and install Maritime Security Detection Systems. Our system offers a comprehensive layered security approach with onboard advance alarm warning for marine vessels, rigs, platforms and pipelines against acts of terrorism, hijacking, piracy and other violations of security wherever a vessel is operating.

Utilising perimeter sensors, infra-red tracking day/night vision cameras and onboard radar equipment, our detection system generates a secure perimeter network extending outwards from the vessel.

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• Integrated systems designed to specific threat levels, pier side, at anchor and under way

• Any ship can be easily refit to any level of ability

• Crew assistance with installations cut costs

• System operates with no user interface

• System can provide off vessel reporting and monitoring

• Integrated system designed to give advance warning prior to boarding, giving crew time to take evasive action

A Closer Look at Maritime Early Detection Systems (M.E.D's) Onboard

With day/night and infrared gyro-stabilized cameras and motion detection equipment strategically placed, crews are alerted to the presence of an approaching threat. Bearing and speed data are provided through a radar interface.

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This is integrated into a security network on board with custom control panels and alert devices placed throughout the vessel. Custom control and monitoring can be satellite linked to corporate security offices, central monitoring and law enforcement personnel.

Monitor Systems is the United Kingdom distributor for Radio Zeeland DMP’s highly effective, maritime security system. We supply, install and commission the Maritime Early Detection System (M.E.D.S) which offers a comprehensive layered security approach with onboard advance warning for ships, boats, rigs, platforms and pipelines against acts of terrorism, hijacking, piracy and other violations of security wherever a vessel is operating.

M.E.D.S delivers a military grade solution in a commercial format combining unique cutting edge technology integrated in design and function with a user-friendly interface. Utilising a customised perimeter sensor monitoring network and sophisticated infra-red tracking day/night vision cameras and onboard radar equipment, this state of the art system generates a secure perimeter network extending outwards from the vessel, divided into three zones – Red, Orange and Yellow. Each zone represents a secured area in relation to its proximity to the vessel to provide maximum levels of detection able to detect intruders from all quadrants in advance.

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M.E.D.S. can be expanded and integrated with other options and systems and can be installed whilst the vessel is in service thereby eliminating costly downtime.


Maritime Early Detection System (M.E.D.S)

Short Range Detection

MEDS™ Perimeter Sensor Network provides a 180 degree laser grid of protection that is proven to work in extreme temperature and weather conditions. Each sensor is mounted into the side frame of the vessel and equipped with a remote enclosure with internal battery back up and redundant wired and emergency wireless communications via armored cable and cyclonic secure encryption respectively.

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Each sensor ties into a wired data hub and reports its status continuously. If hard wired communication fails or is lost to any one unit the wireless communication feature will query as a back up. If this query is not returned it will report a failure of sensor locally to the monitoring system and control panels, as well as triggering an audible alarm.

Maritime Early Detection System (M.E.D.S)

Photo of typical sensor system installation provides 180 degree continuous protection for the vessel, cargo and crew. Added green ½ spheres illustrate the sensor overlapping downward facing protection. Sensors are in NEMA 4x weatherproof enclosures with lighted alarm and klaxon for local indication of perimeter breach or sensor failure. Each sensor has a built in lens heater and remote back up power supply to ensure optimal operation under even the most extreme conditions and scenarios.

Maritime Early Detection System (M.E.D.S) System Redundancy and Protective Measures

The complete MEDS package is designed with multiple redundant integrated communication systems that ensure that upon failure or destruction of one part of the system another system will come online to compensate for the failure. Upon loss of any component in the system even down to the smallest communication error, the crew or port security personnel is alerted via the monitoring control system and control of the issue giving a real time diagnostic of the overall health of the system. This feature ensures that no matter what is attempted to bring down the system for intrusion purposes the system will continue to function to do what is required … PROTECT AND REPORT.

Maritime Early Detection System (M.E.D.S) System Expandability and Customisation

One key feature that stands out with the MEDS™ solution over any other devices currently on the market is the ability of the system to be integrated with other options and systems that the end user wishes to include. The system is based off of standard Ethernet Protocol which allows us to program Ethernet based modules to allow time and/or event delayed operation of external components. For example if minutes after a confirmed perimeter breach the owner wanted all cargo holds and the pilot house of the vessel to lock down until released from inside the pilot house via a secure code command MEDS™ allows that possibility. Or maybe a more aggressive approach is desired while still remaining non‐lethal in design. If the owner wanted motion activated debilitating sonic devices enabled at all doors when a confirmed breach is detected after the lock down of all doors this can be accomplished as well. Anything that you can think of when it comes to protecting your vessel and investment.

Further Reading

Overview: Maritime Security.
Maritime security is concerned with the prevention of intentional damage through sabotage, subversion, or terrorism. Maritime security is one of the three basic roles of the United States Coast Guard has gradually developed in response to a series of catastrophic events, which began in 1917.

There are three main maritime security activities conducted by the Coast Guard: Port Security / Vessel Security and Facility Security.

Port Security

The Port Security requirements found in the MTSA requires security measures for U.S. ports in order to reduce the risks and to mitigate the results of an act that threatens the security of personnel, facilities, vessels, and the public. The regulations draw together assets within port boundaries to provide a framework to communicate, identify risks, and coordinate resources to mitigate threats and consequences. The COTP must ensure that the total port security posture is accurately assessed, and that security resources are appropriate to meet these programs. The COTP must identify critical assets within a port, develop a prioritized list of those most susceptible to acts of sabotage, and plan for adequate security measures to meet specific needs.

Vessel Security

Both MTSA and the ISPS Code regulate vessel security. The regulations within these two documents require the owners or operators of vessels to designate security officers for vessels, develop security plans based on security assessments, implement security measures specific to the vessel’s operation, and comply with current Marine Security levels.

Facility Security

A facility is defined as: any structure or facility of any kind located in, on, under, or adjacent to any waters subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. and used, operated, or maintained by a public or private entity, including any contiguous or adjoining property under common ownership or operation. Some examples of facilities are:
Barge fleeting facilities.
Container terminals.
Oil storage facilities.
Passenger vessel terminals.

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Facilities are generally offshore fixed platforms in water depths ranging up to 1,000 feet deep whose primary purpose is the exploration, development, and/or product of offshore petroleum reserves. This definition also includes novel floating design such as:
Tension Leg Platforms (TLP).
Floating Production Facilities (converted MODUs).
Floating Production Storage Offloading units (FPSO).

Both MTSA and the ISPS Code regulate facility security. The regulations within these two documents require the owners or operators of facilities to designate security officers for facilities, develop security plans based on security assessments, implement security measures specific to the facility’s operation, and comply with current Marine Security levels. Those facilities designated as Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities must meet the same security requirements as those designated as waterfront facilities.

When US Navy merchant vessels are in dangerous waters, security detachments are posted on the vessel. Security forces have helped deter piracy as well as terrorist attacks, such as the Maersk Alabama and the USS Cole. US Navy merchant vessels normally train the deck department in firearms training, but the added Navy security detail provides for extra security. Additionally, Navy escorts might sometimes accompany the vessels, such as traveling through the Straights of Gibraltar.


System Details:

State of the art solutions


Wide range of applications


Flexible Installation


Onboard advanced warning system




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