What is ATAS?
The Aegis Threat Assessment System (ATAS) is a proprietary Web-based system
which gives ship owners and operators as real-time assessment of the threat
environment on any route on which they plan to operate.
The system delivers a tailored report based on a sophisticated analysis of the
threat information produced by Aegis’s Research and Intelligence Division.
Those analyses draw on a worldwide network of sources, and cover threats from
political unrest, violent crime, piracy, terrorism, corruption and other
relevant factors. The information is updated continually by the Research and
Intelligence Division, which contains acknowledged experts in intelligence,
security, foreign affairs, investment banking, diplomacy and Naval operations.
Ships are required to consider threats to their operations when planning
voyages, and ATAS provides an individualised assessment based on the best
analysis of up-to-the-minute information. This permits operators, owners and
Masters to plan their routes in the confidence that they know what the threats
are, and how serious they are.
The ATAS Report, which is issued in printable PDF format, allocates a numerical
‘Weighted Threat Factor’ to every port or waterway on the route, to indicate
the relative threat. It also advises where the threat is high enough to
consider extra security precautions, and explains the precise nature of the
threat for each part of the route.