AFS in Tanzania achieves European Union RA3 accreditation

AFS in Tanzania has achieved European Union RA3 accreditation, the first Ground Handling Organisation in Tanzania to satisfy the stringent air cargo security measures required to enable AFS Tanzania to handle, screen and make secure air cargo destined for the European Union.

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Sander De Man, EU Validator handing the EU RA3 Validation Report to Mohamed Nur, Managing Director of AFS Tanzania.

This is a significant achievement for AFS Tanzania and Tanzania and it is much deserved recognition for the time, energy and passion dedicated to the project by Mr Mohamed Nur, Managing Director of AFS Tanzania and his dedicated team under the leadership of Operations Manager Mr Matthew Lawrence.

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JJ Cilliers (Professional), Sander De Man (EUASV) and the AFS Tanzania team.

Professional Aviation Services was appointed by AFS Tanzania to facilitate the RA3 validation process including all procedures, processes and completion of all documentation including the Air Cargo Security Manual required to achieve compliance with European Union requirements.

Professional conducted the aviation security awareness training required to satisfy EU requirements.

The Professional team was under the able leadership of Mr JJ Cilliers who was charged with doing all of the training and preparation for validation.

European Union approved validator Mr Sander De Man from EUASV conducted the validation, Mr De Man was impressed with the passion of the AFS team and the efforts made by all to ensure a successful validation.

The RA3 validation of AFS Tanzania is the 24th successful RA3 validation where Professional conducted all pre-validation preparation and training and the validation was conducted by EUASV and Mr Sander De Man.

How can we help you with EU RA3 validation?

Professional has unique experience and expertise gathered in the course of 24 successful European Union RA3 validations. This experience and expertise is used to prepare organisations for compliance with EU RA3 standards by implementing security systems and procedures, producing EU compliant security procedures, onsite implementation of these procedures. Professional plans and presents all the security training required to achieve EU RA3 compliance.

Professional arranges and project manages everything required to achieve EU RA3 validation from preparation and training to the appointment of the EU validator, we ensure the success of your RA3 validation.

Contact David Alexander at david@professional.za.com to find out how we can help you.

Professional Aviation Services at Air Cargo Africa 2017

Airfreight into Africa is one of the largest growing markets in the world.

air-cargo-africa-2017Recognising this, the Air Cargo Africa conference and exhibition, which brings together various role players in the industry to explore the potential of this market, is coming to Emperors Palace, Johannesburg from the 21 -23 of February.

 


Professional Aviation Services, specialists in Aviation Security and Air Cargo Security Compliance and Training, will be exhibiting at Air Cargo Africa. With a 35-year history in Aviation, and specialising in providing unique solutions that solve client’s challenges, Professional Aviation Services is ideally placed to service and assist clients in finding solutions for their various needs.

We are passionate about keeping Aviation safe and secure, for ultimately, it is all about protecting people. From the personnel who are involved in the Aviation Industry, the people who fly as crew and passengers to the public who could be affected by an aviation incident. By taking part in Air Cargo Africa, we intend to showcase the importance of keeping the growing Airfreight in Africa business safe and secure.

With the airfreight industry into Africa growing at the rate that it is, now is the time to equip your organisation to take advantage of the growth, and keep your staff and your organisation safe and secure. Our services can be combined into a unique solution for you that is customised to solve your unique challenges.

We at Professional are always willing to take up a challenge. So, if you require a service or solution that is not listed below, contact us and let us see how we can help you.


 

Services that we offer include the following:

 

Consulting and Risk Services

  • EU RA3 Validations for clients who operate in countries that are not listed on the EU Green list
  • Air Cargo Security Compliance Consulting – with 36 Regulated Agents in South Africa as our clients, we have a wide range of experience in guiding clients in terms of operating a secure supply chain
  • Aviation Security Consulting – our team of experts can assist with your general aviation security queries and provide solutions for your challenges.
  • Risk Services – we can assist with security tests, audits and once-off checks to evaluate the security of facilities and processes.

Training Services

  • IATA Training Courses – through our registered IATA Authorised Training Centre, (ZA-PRI-1-14-001; ZA-PRI-3-16-001), we offer IATA Dangerous Goods training, Introduction to Safety Management Systems, as well as Aviation Security Awareness and Cargo Security Awareness courses, through the International Cargo Training Programme and the International Aviation Training Programme.11.01 - 4

 

  • Classroom Training – as a SACAA Approved Part 109 Aviation Security Training Organisation (Approval number: SACAA/AVSEC/CS/008 and SACAA Approved Part 92 Dangerous Goods Aviation Training Organisation, (Approval number: SACAA/DG/0031) we offer quality classroom based training at various locations around South Africa. Our main training centre is situated in Jet Park, with 4 dedicated classrooms, with other locations at Lanseria International Airport, and Wonderboom Airport. We are also able to conduct training in other parts of South Africa, with two dedicated branches in the coastal areas, one in Durban and one in Cape Town.

 Our training team consists of 7 SACAA Accredited Aviation Security Training Instructors, 2 of which specialise in Level 1, 2 and 3 Aviation and  Cargo Security Training. Several of our instructors are also qualified to teach Dangerous Goods Awareness.

 Courses on offer include:

  • Aviation Security Screener Training for Passenger and Baggage and for Cargo, Store, Mail and Supplies. (Level 1)
  • Aviation Security Supervisor Training for Passenger and Baggage and for Cargo, Store, Mail and Supplies. (Level 2)
  • Aviation Security Management Training for Airports and Airlines, as well as for Cargo. (Level 3)
  • General Aviation Security Awareness Training (ASAT)
  • Aviation Security Awareness (Cargo, Store, Mail and Supplies) Training
  • RPAS Aviation Security Awareness Training (for Drone/RPAS/UAV operators)
  • Dangerous Goods by Air Regulations (Awareness) for Categories: 4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12

  • Customised Courses – our dedicated Research and Development team specialise in developing customised in-house courses for clients, as well as to meet general training needs that we identify in the market.

Current courses that are available include:

  • Human Factors for Personnel
  • Human Factors for Supervisors and Managers
  • Lithium Battery Awareness (both classroom and on-line)
  • Handling of Lithium Batteries
  • Enhanced Security Training
  • Driver Security – Anti-Hijacking Course
  • On-line Learning – through our on-line learning platform, proftrain.co.za, we offer customised e-learning courses to various clients, as well as general courses that are open to the public.
  • Learner Management System – struggling to manage the training function of your organisation? The Professional Learner Management System is a database system which simplifies the management of training for your staff.

Other Services

  • dgr-58th-en-regular icao_techinical_emergency_response_guidebook_2013IATA Publications – as one of only two registered IATA Publications Agents in South Africa, contact us for all your IATA publication’s needs. We take the pain out of ordering IATA products. Visit protrain.co.za/shop to see all the products on offer.

 

  • ICAO Publications – are you looking for ICAO Annexes and Technical Instructions and other ICAO publications? We are a registered ICAO Publications Reseller, contact us to place your order today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Dangerous Goods and Lithium Battery Awareness Seminars – educating staff and clients is a vital part of doing business safely and reducing potential incidents. The Professional Dangerous Goods and Lithium Battery Awareness Seminars help to educate your clients about the dangers of mis-declared, undeclared or hidden dangerous goods. It also educates them on the dangers of Lithium Batteries and what is allowed and not allowed. Contact us to book a seminar for your staff or your clients.

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For more details contact us on +27 11 397 1222, +27 11 701 3320 (24/7), email us at info@professional.za.com or visit our website, www.professional.za.com .

Forwarders should encourage exporters to become Known Consignors

Elliot Molemiby: Elliot Molemi, Aviation Security Consultant, Professional Aviation Services

 


 

Since the introduction of Part 108 into the Civil Aviation Regulations of South Africa there has been a total of 120 Known Consignors accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority, this number has gone up and down over the years and at the time of writing this post there were only 27 left. This number is dwarfed by that of approved Regulated Agents which stands at 136.

More disturbingly is that this means the country’s air cargo secure supply chain has lost 93 Known Consignors in the past 5 years or so. This slump can be attributed to numerous reasons; intangible commercial benefit, and insufficient knowledge by consignors, no targeted workshops by the authority to disseminate information and chief among all the subtle discouragement from Regulated Agents.

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The role the industry can play

From the CAA, Airlines and Ground Handlers, there is no member of the secure supply chain better positioned to encourage the participation of consignors in the secure supply chain than the Freight Forwarder. The forwarders have daily dealings with consignors. Consignors believe that Part 108 is an onerous process and the Designated Officials of Regulated Agents can help in allaying this myth. Continue reading

Instructor’s needed

Are you passionate about training? Are you in the Aviation Industry? Are you based in South Africa?


We are looking for experienced Instructors/Trainers in the Aviation, Aviation Security or Dangerous Goods by Air Industry in South Africa, to join our training department on a contract basis.

The job requirements for the position are as follows:

  1. Aviation or Aviation Security or Dangerous Goods by Air experience gained either in Aviation, Aviation Security, Freight Forwarding, Ground Handling industries, with a minimum of  24 months experience.
  2. Experience as an Instructor, teacher, supervisor or similar, any position where the person has been exposed to providing training;
  3. Valid Assessor and Facilitator or Train the Trainer qualification;
  4. Dangerous Goods CAT 6 (this can be provided to the right candidate);
  5. Standard Air Cargo Security Level 2 and AVSEC Manager Level 3; (can also be provided);
  6. Matric or similar NQF Level 4 or above qualification
  7. Candidate must be fluent in English.
  8. Verifiable references;
  9. Clear criminal record;
  10. South African citizen

If you meet the above requirements, and are looking to join a small yet dynamic team of people that are passionate about what they do, then please send us a full Curriculum Vitae, and your contact details so that we can get in touch with you. Contact us here

We look forward to hearing from you!

Charter operators, why risk ruin?

There is a practical and moral obligation upon all of us to do whatever needs to be done to keep the flying public, which of course includes our mothers, brothers, sisters, cousins and friends, safe from the terror and tragedy of an IED (improvised explosive device) or other cowardly act perpetrated by unhinged minds.

It is almost inconceivable that operators are not aware of cargo security requirements as set out in Annexure 17 of ICAO and Part 108 of our local regulations.

The idea is to establish a tight and secure security conduit, from consignor to aircraft, providing not only the physical security against acts of terror but also a recorded audit trail.

Alternatively (the case with charter flights) to make all cargo secure by proper screening methods.

For terror to succeed, it only takes apathy from the aviation industry

It is almost inconceivable that operators are not aware of cargo security requirements as set out in Annexure 17 of ICAO and Part 108 of our local regulations.

The idea is to establish a tight and secure security conduit, from consignor to aircraft, providing not only the physical security against acts of terror but also a recorded audit trail. Alternatively (the case with charter flights) to make all cargo secure by proper screening methods.

It is pertinent to remind operators of the definition of cargo in the regulations:

‘Cargo means any property carried on an aircraft other than mail, stores, unaccompanied or mishandled baggage’.

It should be well noted that private flights are also subject to these requirements.

Amendment 13 to ICAO Annexure 17 standard 4.6.4 (effective 15 July 2013), which insists that cargo must be confirmed and accounted for, by a Regulated Agent (in South Africa approved under Part 108) or an entity approved by an appropriate authority (SA CAA), emphasises requirements.

Complying with the Part 108 regulations is not a complicated process nor is it expensive

The threat of ruin by non-compliance is not idle speculation or unfounded rhetoric. The South African Part 108 regulations make it obligatory for Air Carriers, which include charter to make cargo known.

If there were a major incident (and perhaps we should do away with the niceties and simply say a crash involving loss of life) legal suits and legal investigation would erupt in all directions from the numerous entities that would be involved in such a situation.

It is my view, which I have reached, over the many years that I have been involved in air cargo security and the hundreds of conversations that I have had with local, international and other role players from airline personnel, regulators, insurance underwriters, lawyers (and I could go on).

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That if you, as an operator, have not complied with what is required under Annexure 17 of ICAO, as contained in Part 108 of our local regulations, your business, no matter what its size, could collapse under the weight of claims made against you.

The simple principle is that if you are aware of the terrorist threat and are informed of what has been prescribed internationally as preventative measures, and choose not to adopt these measures, you will be held liable.

The ‘corporate veil’ has reached such levels of transparency that personal liability by directors and senior personnel is also a very real nightmare.

Perhaps more important than the legal or material point of view, is the moral question.

If people are killed in an air crash in horrific circumstances, you may have helped to prevent such slaughter, how would you feel?

Dangerous Goods covered under Part 92 is another area deserving concern. The application of the principals and requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods is sadly lacking in the charter industry. Loss of life is, of course the overwhelmingly most important consideration but not to be lightly dismissed is that aircraft hull and liability insurance underwriters will repudiate claims caused by illegal carriage of dangerous goods (or for that matter unknown cargo) even if the dangerous goods did not cause the incident.

It is without any shadow of doubt your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of the implications, both from a legal and moral point of view, of non-compliance with both the Cargo Security and Dangerous Goods regulations.

Article by Rob Garbett, Honorary Director for Life of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa and Managing Director of Professional Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd.

Article previously published in the CAASA newsletter of May 2013

 

The space between vigilance and paranoia

The security of air cargo has lagged behind stringent baggage and passenger security, a massive flaw in the armour of airline security.

80 % of air cargo worldwide lands up on passenger aircraft.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has devised, in consultation with air carriers, forwarding and security organisations and governments, a system of checks, balances, procedures and requirements summarised together in Annexure 17 to the Chicago convention on International Civil Aviation (safeguarding International Civil Aviation against acts of unlawful interference) which is the mechanism devised to enhance air cargo security.

In South Africa the Regulations required to comply with ICAO Annexure 17 have been incorporated into the Civil Aviation Regulations of 1997 under Part 108 of the Regulations by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA).

The essence of the Regulations is that cargo from a known, and validated, source (consignors) passing through known and validated agents, and certified as such, may be accepted by air carriers as Known Cargo which then requires no further security, apart from random checks. If cargo does not qualify as Known Cargo delays, and the formidable risk of rejection of liability claims in the event of an incident, will be the consequence.

The SACAA Technical Standards, together with the Regulations, forms the foundation upon which the security procedures, measures and training may be formulated and introduced.

The technologies that have been implemented covering the carrying of weapons and other dangerous articles in passenger’s carry on baggage is meaningful and a forceful deterrent against the introduction of explosive and dangerous articles. However, this technology is questionable when applied to air cargo which consists of thousands of different shapes, sizes and differing materials often combining these materials.

It is indisputable that there is no single, technical or other practical, security control applied to air cargo that is infallible and that will not be able to be bypassed by a determined terrorist. ICAO have therefore devised this integrated system that involves all the segments of the supply conduit line from the consignor, or sender, through the hands of the forwarding or courier agent, the air carrier or handling agent, ramp handling agent and those responsible for loading the aircraft. In this way every entity becomes an active participant in air cargo security not only creating a secure conduit but also creating an audit trail which, in itself, is a tactic of deterrence.

Personnel employed at, and along, all stages of the conduit, must all undergo Air Cargo Security Familiarisation Training (and in certain specific cases formal training) as well as background checks including criminal checks. The premises of each of the control entities in the chain must be audited and made secure. Procedures set out in Air Cargo Security manuals, approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, dictate operational procedures.

Cargo having passed through the process becomes Known Cargo.

If Unknown Cargo is presented to a forwarding, courier agent or air carrier it must be made known by applying one, or more, of the security controls that are recommended in the Part 108 Technical Standards.

It is vital, and indeed a moral obligation that all parties involved in the movement of cargo must apply on-going vigilance and co-operation from consignor to aircraft.

Aviation safety is an absolute. It is not the quest for zero defect. It IS zero defect (with acknowledgement to Professor Johann Coetzee). This must be the standard that is applied at all times. Compromise or complacency must not be tolerated. The lives of innocent people could well depend on the quality of participation of all those that are involved in the movement of air cargo.

The Lockerbie disaster required an explosive device the size of a man’s fist to tragically affect the lives of hundreds of people. Binary explosives are the combination of two inert chemicals which, when combined even in small quantities, cause a powerful explosion using a low temperature detonator, these are unlikely to be detected by technical means.

It is almost a foregone conclusion that unless there is on-going and active stimulation of Part 108 measures, this potential complacency will set in. This will be balanced by the forwarding, or courier, agents having to appoint specifically trained Designated Officials who are responsible to the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that the measures are implemented and are on-going. These Designated Officials are also responsible to ensure that the senders of cargo (consignors) implement and continue to apply the Part 108 security measures. The Civil Aviation Inspectorate, formed for this specific purpose, will also play a major role in the on-going vigilance required.

Liability insurance underwriters will certainly take a dim view of non compliance with these measures, which create a real possibility of claims being repudiated, and we should all be aware that claims involving passenger aircraft may well run to hundreds of millions of USD.

The silver lining is that these measures will increase general logistics security and help to deter fraud.

Article by Rob Garbett, Managing Director of Professional Aviation Services.

High Security Cargo Systems

The security of your cargo is off critical importance, not only to minimize loss and shrinkage but to ensure that the very best preventative measures are in place to prevent the introduction of illegal, dangerous and prohibited items into your cargo.

Professional Risk has the answer, the ProSecure suite of security products for cargo.

The ProSecure suite consists of the following:

  • A Pallet Sock that covers the cargo and seals the pallet sock to the pallet to prevent the introduction of contraband or illegal items and prevents theft and stock losses;

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  • An WIST RFID tracker that enables real time tracking of your consignment, alerts you to tampering with your cargo and puts you in control of the security of your consignment at all times;

  • A high security steel mesh lined Pallet Sock is available that makes the Pallet Sock cut and slash resistant ideal for high value cargo such as cell phones, laptops, cosmetics;

Would you like your cell phones packed like this use ProSecure!!!

 

  • The Pallet Sock is accepted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority as Tamper Evident packaging under the Part 108 regulations relating to air cargo security.

The impact of this on your security packaging cost can be significant for consolidations and     consignments with a common destination only ONE Pallet Sock, Known Cargo label and seal would be required instead of a label and seal for each box on a pallet.

For full product features and specifications:

The ProSecure Difference

Professional Risk and asset Management are air cargo security specialists with a focus on all aspects of the security of your cargo and systems, compliance with Part 108 of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations.

We invite you to view our presentation for details on compliance with Part 108.

In addition Professional Risk is a South African Civil Aviation Authority accredited Training Institution for all security and Dangerous Goods training.

We are also a TETA (Transport Education Training Authority) Service Provider (TETA 11-175).

Full details from our WEBSITE