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March 15, 2017

Stowaways have been a problem for shipowners for as long as there have been ships at sea. For those outside ther maritime industry there is still a whiff of adventure about the concept.

The reality is far different.

Publication: The Sea


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March 16, 2017

Following two years of research and development Gray Page is pleased to unveil its new vessel perimeter protection system, DFENCE.

Devised by the maritime security specialists and internationally-recognised piracy experts at Gray Page, the DFENCE system is designed to prevent unlawful over-the-side access to ships, oil rigs and other marine platforms and installations.

Having worked discreetly with shipowner clients as it developed its innovative barrier concept, Gray Page is now able to reveal its DFENCE system to the global maritime market.

James Wilkes, Managing Director, Gray Page, said: “We have been hardening ships against security threats such as piracy for years.  Over that time we have looked at numerous ways of defending their perimeter rails, using razor wire and other improvised measures. Latterly, we have sea-trialled ‘security barriers’ produced by other companies. The problem has been that although each solution had some or all of the security properties we were seeking, none was as practical in a sea-going environment as they needed to be.

So, in the absence of a product on the market that did everything that we wanted it to do, we decided to develop our own.”

James added: “Piracy – and violence against seafarers in particular – is still a significant  problem in parts of the world, such as the Gulf of Guinea and the Sulu Sea. While the hijack of the tanker Aris 13 off northern Somalia on Monday highlights that the threat of Somalia-based piracy has not gone away, despite a lot of effort going into suppressing it.

Our focus at Gray Page is on solving problems for our clients. The DFENCE system is the result of that problem-solving process. Only, for the first time in the company’s history, we’ve turned our attention to creating a physical product.”

DFENCE is a modular barrier system designed to prevent unlawful over-the-side access to ships, oil rigs and other marine platforms and installations by way of their safety railings. It incorporates three outboard modules, each with a different profile, which makes climbing over it from below exceptionally difficult. The system has been devised specifically to repel, deflect and destabilise ladders, poles and other climbing apparatus.

As part of a layered approach to vessel and platform security, the DFENCE installation is both a highly visual statement that the security posture of the ship has been hardened, as well as physically disruptive obstacle to over-the-side boarding.

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March 20, 2017

James Wilkes, MD, Gray Page will be attending CMA Shipping 2017, Connecticut, USA – a key conference and expo in the maritime calendar.

Taking place on the 20-22nd March, the conference will once again bring the international shipping community together to hear experts discuss topical issues affecting the maritime industry, alongside a thriving business expo. This year will also see John D. “Jack” Noonan, CEO of Chembulk Tankers, honoured as 2017 Commodore for his contribution to the growth and development of the industry.

If anyone would like to arrange a meeting with James at CMA, to either discuss Gray Page services or its newly launched vessel perimeter protection system, DFENCE, please contact: mobile: +44 7720 732052

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