The Safe Escape Lock (SEL) was designed specifically to address (and is compliant with) all ABS, Coast Guard/Dept. of Homeland Defense regulations and Somalia BMP’s. The SEL is also approved by the ABS (type approval pending), meets and exceeds ISPS standards, and will help you meet ISPS shipboard compliance.


Best Management Practices for

Protection against Somalia Based Piracy


3.2   The primary consideration should be to ensure the safety of the crew. Care should be taken, when formulating measures to prevent illegal boarding and external access to the accommodation, that crew members will not be trapped inside and should be able to escape in the event of another type of emergency, such as, for example fire.


Careful consideration should be given to the location of a Safe Muster Point or Citadel. (See section 8.13).


Consideration should also be given to the ballistic protection afforded to the crew who may be required to remain on the bridge during a pirate attack, recognizing that pirates increasingly fire at the bridge of a vessel to try to force it to stop. (See section 8.3).


8.4 Control of Access to Bridge, Accommodation and Machinery Spaces


It is very important to control access routes to deter or delay pirates who have managed to board a vessel and are trying to enter accommodation or machinery spaces. It is very important to recognize that if pirates do gain access to the upper deck of a vessel they will be tenacious in their efforts to gain access to the accommodation section and in particular the bridge. It is strongly recommended that significant effort is expended prior to entry to the High Risk Area to deny the pirates access to the accommodation and the bridge.


• All doors and hatches providing access to the bridge, accommodation and machinery spaces should be properly secured to prevent them being opened by pirates.


•  Careful consideration should be given to the means of securing doors and hatches in order to afford the ship the maximum protection possible.


• Where the door or hatch is located on an escape route from a manned compartment, it is essential that it can be opened by a seafarer trying to exit by that route. Where the door or hatch is locked it is essential that a key is available, in a clearly visible position by the door or hatch.


•  It is recommended that once doors and hatches are secured, a designated and limited number are used for routine access when required, their use being strictly controlled by the Officer of the Watch.






Subpart B: Construction and Arrangement




 Means of Escape


108.157 - Locked doors.


No door to the required means of escape may be designed to lock except:


(a) A crash door or a door that has a locking device that can be easily forced, if on both sides of the door a permanent and easily seen instruction is placed; or


(b) An outside door to a deckhouse if the door can be locked by key only and if the master or person in charge has control of the key to the door's lock.


US Coast Guard / Dept. of Homeland Defense: Port Security Advisory (2-09)(Rev 2)


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Man the engine room with a licensed engineer.  While in high risk waters, this includes manning of automated engine rooms. If, due to the degree of automation used on board, manning the engine room is not practicable during transits of HRW, equivalent measures may

be proposed.


(k) Secure, control access, and regularly inspect restricted areas (bridge, engine room, steering gear room, and crew quarters) keeping in mind any adverse impact these may have to safety in

the event of an accident. In any instance where there is a conflict between safety and security, the safety requirement should be paramount.


(l) Ensure ladders and outboard equipment are stowed or on deck.


(m) Ready non lethal means to discourage attack and or defend the vessel. For example, fire pumps and fire hoses, or equivalent, may be pressurized and ready for discharge overboard.


(n) Follow any guidance from on-scene military forces that have counter-piracy intelligence that may aid the master in avoiding or thwarting piratical attacks.