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The Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) is a membership organisation which represents companies working in the maritime security industry and acts as a focal point for global maritime security matters.
It seeks to deliver a positive return on investment (ROI) for an international membership which encompasses maritime security providers, consultants, trainers and maritime security equipment, technology and hardware manufacturers from across 35 different nations.
SAMI works to foster and develop ever closer links to the commercial shipping industry, Cruise, Superyacht, Offshore Oil & Gas sectors and Ports – to ensure that the view of maritime security is properly and effectively represented. The Association also works in partnership with international shipping organisations; flag States, governments and regulatory bodies, academia, insurance and legal professionals.

SAMI bridges the gap between security and shipping. Driving a positive agenda for maritime security, and is at the forefront of issues affecting the industry and working with a range of stakeholders to develop guidance, documentation, education, training and innovative technological solutions.
SAMI’s fundamental role is to bridge the gap between security and shipping and it is a focus that we are proud to work hard to deliver on. We facilitate this working closely with a range of stakeholders, and through regular communication with our members.
We engage, we listen, we talk, we produce guidance, we raise concerns, we put right rumor and half truths and we stand up proudly for the maritime security industry within our respected peers within the maritime community.

Since SAMI’s launch we have promoted and driven a positive agenda and where some may shy from comment or engagement, we have sought to embrace it. This has helped us to win the Lloyd’s List 2012 award for “Newsmaker of the Year”. A very prestigious accolade, which highlights that we have been listened to and are respected, indeed increasingly relied on by the media to put the record straight on industry issues.
It is important to get out into the shipping community and in amongst those who are discussing or debating the key issues which make a difference to our members, and the industry. To that end, we attend many conferences and exhibitions across the globe, chairing workshops, taking part in panel debates and presenting.
In addition, the BRIDGE is SAMI’s quarterly digital magazine delivering news and updates from the Association, its members and affiliates and the wider industry. This popular and respected publication is distributed to SAMI members and stakeholders across the global maritime community.  You can read the latest edition online.

SAMI is actively involved in a number of projects covering a spectrum of maritime security issues and projects; from education and training through to operational guidance and regulation. We work in collaboration with shipping organisations, governments, academics, welfare bodies and of course our members to highlight key issues and encourage development.

Further details of some of our current projects/collaborations are outlined below:

  • Rules for the Use of Force
  • Floating Armouries
  • Masters in Maritime Security – Greenwich Maritime Institute
  • Operational Stress Management Guidance – March on Stress
  • Equipment, Technology & Hardware
  • Cruise Sector Security Issues
  • Offshore Oil & Gas Security Issues


Author: Elisabeth Wilson, SAMI