Maritime & Port Security Services

We are the leading provider of security solutions for the Maritime industry and Ports Authorities throughout North America. We understand the concerns and challenges the industry faces and we partner with port operators, cruise ship operators, and cargo shipping companies across the country to provide MARSEC compliant security programs. Our dedicated team of Maritime Security and subject matter experts provide nationwide support and best practices for safety and security in a maritime environment.

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    We support and enforce our client’s safety and security requirements, helping meet all port security and maritime industry federal and regulatory guidelines such as the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and Security and Accountability for Every Port Act.

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    We provide port security and services in access control, ID verification, vehicle inspections, container inspections, and camera and alarm monitoring for some of the nation’s top industrial ports, cruise ship facilities, ferry docks, cargo loading sites and high-risk chemical and petrochemical facilities.

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    Our professionals are trained in First-Aid, CPR, and AED, emergency response planning, access control, active shooter preparedness, and MTSA and government regulated Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Security Professionals – just to name a few.

Customized Security Solutions for the Maritime Industry

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Benefit from the advantages of working with Allied Universal:

  • Ease of doing business with:

    Devoted branch leaders, Client Managers, Field Managers, Operations Managers, Trainers and Recruiters. Sophisticated scheduling and payroll systems.

  • Unprecedented transparency:

    Insight into our services delivered through our local teams, Operational Business Reviews, and elevated technology like our sophisticated business intelligence and AI workforce management tools.

  • The best hires for you:

    We know you have specific needs for your maritime security guards. Our expansive recruiting network and sophisticated hiring tools to support you with the right, qualified staff.

  • Safety:

    Our team of Security Professionals are trained to help you mitigate risk.

  • Visibility:

    Provide peace of mind and are able to help reduce incidents.

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Subject Matter Experts

Our team has years of deep knowledge and understanding of the Maritime and shipping security industry, and we remain focused on providing a comprehensive list of security solutions specifically tailored to your facility environment and needs. We continuously evolve and evaluate our procedures and protocols for every site and location for improvements and efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question: Does Allied Universal provide security services at Maritime facilities?

    Answer: Yes. Allied Universal is a world leader in Maritime Security. We provide security services for more than 20 Port Authorities in the United States, Cruise Ship Operators, Terminal Operators, Shippers, and Chem/Petro facilities subject to the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), and 33 CFR 105 Regulations as well as the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. We deploy more than 50,000 Security Professionals at Maritime Facilities in the United States, with Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC).

  • Question: What kind of services does Allied Universal provide to the Maritime Industry?

    Answer: Allied Universal provides a wide array of services to the Maritime and Port Industry. We provide Unarmed and Armed security services, access and traffic control, vehicle & baggage inspections, screening services, terminal security, badging operations, and security operations center staffing. We also provide escort services for mariner access and visitors. We provide Passenger and Crew screening services for Cruise Ship operators for several of the world’s largest cruise ship lines. We also develop Facility Security Plans and manage the US Coast Guard Audit process on behalf of some clients.

  • Question: Does Allied Universal have Maritime specific training or Certifications?

    Answer: Yes. Allied Universal recognizes the unique nature of security programs in a maritime environment. As such, we developed our own US Coast Guard Approved Maritime Security Curriculum comprised of a wide variety of modules including MTSA/MARSEC regulations, Safety in a Maritime Environment, Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, Foreign Trade Zones, and many other related courses such as Access Control, Vehicle Inspections, Screening Techniques and Customer Service. We also invest in third party, certified Facility Security Officer certifications for our managers. This training provides US Coast Guard recognized FSO certification to our account teams and managers.

  • Question: How do I know the security team are performing the duties we have established?

    Answer: At Allied Universal we can utilize our HELIAUS® Workforce Management tool as part of our security program. The system utilizes GPS to track patrols and provide accountability, incident tracking for transparency, and utilizes artificial intelligence to alert the security team on hot spots for patrol adjustments. Meanwhile all activity and reporting can be viewed at any time through the web-based portal. We have had significant success in customizing HELIAUS to the Maritime environment, leveraging its capabilities to ensure compliance with regulations and reporting, resulting in reduction in US Coast Guard Notifications of Violation (NOVs) and other security related performance measures.

  • Question: How does Allied Universal stay abreast of developments in the Maritime Industry?

    Answer: Allied Universal is a committed partner to the Maritime Industry. We are active members of the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Security and Cruise Committees, The International Maritime Organization (IMO), Cruise Lines International (CLI) and related organizations such as the FBIs InfraGard Program. Additionally, Allied Universal Managers participate in Monthly Virtual Meetings where best practices are shared, specific to security in the Maritime Industry. We review the latest regulatory guidance, and many training topics are covered. Through these meetings, Allied Universals Global Maritime Experience is leveraged for our clients.

  • Question: Why should I choose Allied Universal to provide security services for my Maritime Security Program?

    Answer: Allied Universal has extensive Maritime Security expertise, and experience working with regulating bodies and agencies including the US Coast Guard and the International Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention. We understand that it is vital to keep pace with the industry’s changing needs and therefore actively support Maritime organizations including the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), The International Maritime Organization (IMO), Cruise Lines International (CLI) and related organizations such as the FBI’s InfraGard Program. Our commitment to aviation security is realized with our significant investment in maritime security training.