As the largest Western European turn-around port for river cruise, Port of Amsterdam takes the lead in improving the security of river cruise ships and passengers calling at its port.
Security passengers of great importance
According to Alma Prins, Sales Manager Cruise at Port of Amsterdam, river cruise is one of the fastest growing sectors within the Amsterdam tourist industry today. This year alone, more than 1,800 river cruise ships and well over 450,000 passengers are welcomed in the port of Amsterdam. “We attach great importance to the security of our visitors. Recently, to our regret, we received several reports regarding burglaries taking place on board the river cruise ships which we’re docked in our port area. Monitoring our river cruise mooring locations should impede calamity and give the passengers an extra sense of security. Therefore, from this point, the busiest river cruise locations in the Amsterdam port area will have extra surveillance during the night.”, said Prins.
Agreement with M&M Security
For the extra surveillance of the river cruise locations in the Amsterdam port area, Port of Amsterdam has joined forces with M&M Security. A company which has gained a considerable amount of experience in the security of sea cruise ships, but also executes security assignments for river cruise shipping companies.
Mo Khalfaoui, Managing Director at M&M Security, thinks it is a very good thing that actions are actively being taken regarding the security of river cruise ships. “Sea cruise security is statutory regulated through an ISPS code and all checks, security and X-ray scanning of passengers and luggage is executed by certified officials. But, for river cruise ships there are hardly any security regulations”, said Khalfaoui.
Deployment security surveillance
M&M Security will be deployed for nighttime surveillance and security at the locations: De Ruijterkade, quays 17 and 18, De Ruijterkade Oost, quays A,B,C,D, De Ruijterkade West, Veemkade (PTA) and Javakade. “We are happy to have found an experienced partner in M&M Security to support us in our pursuit to improve river cruise security in the Amsterdam port area. Nowadays, security is a much talked-of issue. Together with the river cruise shipping companies, we are going to research how we can further explore this subject in depth for future developments. In any case, we will take the lead this season and next season, pursuing an optimum customer experience”, said Koen Overtoom, CEO a.i. at Port of Amsterdam.