Hampshire-based Viper Maritime Security (VMS) has won its biggest contract to date with a programme to provide enhanced passenger security for Brittany Ferries’ vessels at ports throughout the UK South Coast.

VMS will ensure the security of passengers boarding the cross-Channel services sailing from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth on a daily round-the-clock basis.

Teams of purpose-trained VMS staff will board the ships when they arrive in the UK and depart before sailings, carrying out embarkation security. Up to six ships a day will be given the additional security cover.

The programme will extend throughout the summer season and follows a trial period last year when VMS staff were deployed in a similar role. VMS already provides shell door security on cruise ships as part of a range of maritime security duties.

Director Kevin Hulme explained: “VMS has a growing portfolio of maritime security work, adding to the sector experience of its sister companies that carry out other roles in the maritime sector. Passenger security is an essential feature of ferry operations and Brittany Ferries is at the forefront in adopting measures to ensure the safety of its passengers. We are delighted to support them in this programme.”