Maritime Security: Protection of Marinas, Ports, Small Watercraft, Yachts, and Ships, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Maritime Security

Protection of Marinas, Ports, Small Watercraft, Yachts, and Ships, 1st Edition

By Daniel J. Benny, Ph.D

CRC Press

232 pages | 106 B/W Illus.

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In a time when threats against the maritime community have never been greater, Maritime Security: Protection of Marinas, Ports, Small Watercraft, Yachts, and Ships provides a single, comprehensive source of necessary information for understanding and preventing or reducing threats to the maritime community.

The book defines what comprises the maritime community, including marinas, ports, small watercraft, yachts, and ships. It focuses on the protection of these rather than the protection of cargo in the maritime supply chain, since with the protection of the infrastructural elements it follows that the cargo is secured.

In identifying and discussing threats to security, the book includes natural threats such as storms as well as traditional criminal threats and piracy, with especially detailed examinations of terrorism and cybersecurity. It also introduces the US Coast Guard America’s Waterway Watch program, describing the components of the program, its implementation throughout the maritime community, and its successes.

By dealing with the security of all areas within the maritime community, Maritime Security is highly valuable to all members of the community, from the local boater to professionals charged with the protection of major ports and seagoing vessels. It gives you the skills to understand, identify, analyze, and address natural and man-made threats to localized or broad sections in the maritime community.

Table of Contents

Maritime Community


Ports and Port Facilities

Small Watercraft



State, Territory, and Local Waterway Law Enforcement Agencies

Maritime Security Professionals Voluntary Professional Code of Practice

International Maritime Organization International Ship and Port Facility Security Code


Security Threats to the Maritime Community

Natural Threats

Traditional Criminal Activity

Piracy and Terrorism

Maritime Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Threat Recognition

Signs of Terrorism

Use of Criminal Profiling for Counter Maritime Terrorism


Cybersecurity Threats to the Maritime Community

Cybersecurity Defined

The Threat from Cybersecurity Attacks

Countering Maritime Cybersecurity Attacks


Components of Maritime Physical Security

Intrusion Detection Systems

Fire Detection Systems

Security Cameras

Determining Total System Cost

Locks, Key Control, and Access Control

Security Containers

Security Barriers and Fencing

Security Lighting

Protection of Windows and Utility Ports

Radio Frequency Identification, Magnetometers, and X-Ray


Security Department

Chief Security Officer

Determining the Size of the Security Department

Mission of the Security Department

Legal Authorization to Protect the Facility and Ship

Profile and Security Threat

Proprietary Security Force

Security Department Uniforms and Identification

Staff and Visitor Identification

Security Department Protective Equipment

Use of Force Options

Security Department Vehicles

Security Department Communications

Security Department Reports

Protection of Security Department Information

Ethics and Conduct

Security Department Training

Professional Security Certifications

Security Patrols

Apprehension and Arrest


Marina Security

Marina Security Plan

Part I: Introduction

Part II: Communications

Part III: Marina Physical Security

Part IV: Security and Law Enforcement Support

Part V: Incident Reporting/Emergency Response


Port Facility Security

Port Facility Security Officer and Security Force

Training of the Security Force

Port Facility Security Assessment

Port Facility Security Plan

Physical Security of the Port and Port Facility

Port Facility Access and Key Control

Port Facility Security Signage

Port Facility Security Lighting

Port Facility Security Cameras

Security of the Docks

Security of Port Facility Chemical Storage

Port Facility Internet Security

Port Facility Security Communications

Port Facility Security Administration

Port Facility Emergency Security Drills and Exercises

U.S. Navy Physical Security at Private Contractor’s Facilities


Small Watercraft and Yacht Security

Shipboard Physical Security

Security and Crew Selection

Security at Marinas

Small Watercraft Trailer and Storage Security


Ship Security

Vessel and Company Security Officer and Vessel Security Personnel

Training of the Security Force

The Vessel Security Assessment

Vessel Security Plan

Physical Security and Equipment for Vessels

Declaration of Security

Vessel Security Communications

Vessel Security Administration

Vessel Emergency Security Drills and Exercises

Naval Vessel Protective Zone


U.S. Coast Guard America’s Waterway Watch Program

Identifying Suspicious Activity

Documenting and Reporting Suspicious Activity

The America’s Waterway Watch Program Security Recommendations

A Study of the America’s Waterway Watch Program


Appendix A: United States and Territory Boating Law Enforcement Agencies

Appendix B: Security, Maritime Security, and Boating Organizations

Appendix C: Security, Maritime Security, and Boating Publications

Appendix D: United States Piracy Laws

Appendix E: United States Navy Physical Security at Private Contractor’s Facilities

About the Author

Daniel J. Benny, PhD, is a licensed private investigator and security consultant working from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in criminal justice from Capella University and is a graduate of the United States Naval War College. He holds many certifications in security, including a CPP and PCI with ASIS International, a CFE with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and a CCO by the Business Espionage Controls and Countermeasures Association. He has served as a US Naval intelligence officer with an assignment with the CIA as well as a Navy police chief. He is a member of many organizations on security and has authored several books on the subject.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
HISTORY / Military / General
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security