Scottish Start-up Receives Award for Anti-Piracy Technology

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Edinburgh-based innovative start-up company ARX Maritime has won “Best Security Product or Service of the Year”. The maritime technology company was awarded the title at The Safety at Sea Awards for their Anti-Boarding and Climbing barriers (ABaC).

The easy to install barriers have been developed to significantly increase the chance of a ship and her crew surviving a boarding attempt. The barriers deflect ladders, grappling hooks and climbing holes, to considerably reduce the risk of piracy, hijacking, kidnapping and robbery. The need to prevent an attack is ever more relevant as the military presence decreases in some of the world’s highest risk piracy areas. With factors like this having a huge impact on maritime security, companies such as BP have chosen ARX ABaC barriers as the safest way to protect their vessels.

The Safety at Sea Awards, sponsored by IHS Markit, identity innovation and excellence in the maritime safety sector. The panel determined that, “ARX’s anti-boarding and climbing system is simple, robust and visible – a welcome addition to shipboard security that saves time in deployment. It’s very visible from the sea, a huge deterrent and stows easily in port when not required.”

Steve Regis, Chief Operations Officer of ARX Maritime was at the London event to collect the award. He said, “ARX is humbled by this award. We have been on a journey from a product concept through to making a real impact in the maritime industry, the award is recognition of that. We hope that this award will set the foundation and the platform for our partners and customers to continue to trust in us and join us on that journey.”

Sea News, January 12