Operating as a Maritime Security Company in West African waters poses additional challenges, above and beyond those experienced in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. The legal framework is very different and is complicated by the fact that foreign armed maritime Security Officers are not permitted in the waters of almost all littoral states bordering the Gulf of Guinea. However, AMSS has established a regional operations office in Lagos and our staff there have established a strong working relationship with the Nigerian Internal Security law-enforcement authorities and armed forces at the very highest level, unsurpassed by any other Security Company. This allows us to offer our clients a uniquely effective service, using individually selected Nigerian Navy armed guards together with an experienced AMSS Security Advisor, who provides the necessary liaison between Owner, Master and embarked force-protection team. This ensures that the Master retains full control of his vessel whilst enjoying guaranteed security unobtainable through other channels. Not only is AMSS West Africa a fully-licensed Category A, C, D and E Security Company, vetted and approved by the Nigerian Federal Police, but we also have registration and clearance with NIMASA, together with their authorisation and permission to operate with the Navy throughout Nigerian Coastal and Offshore deep waters (EEZ). AMSS can arrange to embark and disembark armed guards on-board its clients' vessels as far offshore as the client may wish.
The cost-savings afforded by this methodology can be, in many ways, significant. AMSS is also able to arrange armed gun boats and escort vessels, secure accommodation for crew transfers and knowledgeable advice that will ensure a client's vessel operations will conform to the laws of the various West African states whilst remaining securely protected. AMSS has completed numerous transits in recent years around the Gulf of Guinea with a 100% safety record and complete client satisfaction. As is well-known in the maritime industry, the piracy threat in West Africa is significantly different from that posed in East Africa. AMSS's experience, local contacts and knowledge have allowed us to adapt our procedures to manage these differences in an efficient and cost-effective manner, to the benefit of our clients.