Port Facility Security
On May 2, the European Commission adopted a Communication on enhancing maritime transport security and made a proposal for a Regulation on enhancing ship and port facility security The Commission's proposal for a Regulation is based on the agreement, reached in the IMO in December 2002, to amend the SOLAS Convention on the Safety of Lives at Sea and the adoption of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The mandatory provisions of the IMO agreement include a requirement for ships to be permanently marked with their identification number, fitted with an automatic identification system (AIS) and a ship security alert system, and to be issued with a continuous synopsis record (CSR). Ship, company, and port facility officers must also be appointed and are responsible for preparing security plans, taking into account the risk assessment. The Commission states in its Communication that it unreservedly supports the IMO initiative and has in fact decided to go further than the IMO agreement in some respects. The Commission made a decision to make mandatory some of the provisions contained in Part B of the code, which were voluntary under the IMO agreement. Their motivation is both to raise the level of security and to avoid differences of interpretation between EU Member States. Therefore, the provisions of the IMO agreement relating to the revision of ship security plans, to port facility security assessment, to the
AON, a global leader in risk management and insurance brokerage, has launched the Port Facility Security Toolkit (PFST) internationally. The Toolkit, which was developed primarily for port authorities around the world will comply with the International Ship and Facility Security Code (ISPS code) regulations. Working together with the Port of Rotterdam, AON’s s system will translate the ISPS code into an efficient, user-friendly
Maritime training provider Videotel Marine International has launched Shipboard Security, a distance learning course produced in association with The West of England Ship Owners Insurance Services. Shipboard Security is specially designed for training Ship Security Officers in accordance with the new SOLAS Chapter XI-2 "International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code". "Under the ISPS code every vessel over 500 gt and trading internationally is
The U.S. Coast Guard has submitted, on behalf of the United States Government, recommended measures that it believes should be undertaken internationally to improve maritime security for the purpose of preventing and suppressing acts of terrorism against shipping. The recommended measures include advancing the date by which automatic identification systems must be installed on ships from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2004; requiring the preparation of ship, offshore facility
The IMO issued a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding maritime security. Among the FAQ is one asking how to determine whether a port facility is compliant with the ISPS Code. The answer given is that the ISPS Code Database includes a list of “ports including whether they have an approved port facility security plan (PFSP).” Note: I must point out that only a distinct minority of member governments so far have submitted reports to IMO, so the database is incomplete
The IMO issued a Circular urging port facilities to promptly implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. It notes that port facilities seem to be lagging behind ships in compliance efforts, which raises the prospect of compliant ships not being able to call at port facilities lacking requisite approved security plans without endangering their own security compliance status. MSC Circ. 1106 (HK Law).
Blackwater unveiled its plans to create a new subsidiary, Blackwater Maritime Security Solutions. Blackwater Maritime Security Solutions (BMSS), in a strategic partnership with the Global Maritime and Transportation School (GMATS) at the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, and other professional maritime organizations and industry leaders will focus on providing world-class tactical maritime security training, professional maritime security services
Boston Harbor will be the location for American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 11th Port Security Seminar and Exhibition, July 18-20. The annual event will focus on practices and challenges faced by the port industry, giving participants further insight into one of the most critical issues affecting ports today. The seminar will also feature an exhibition area for vendors to showcase the latest in port security goods and services.
The United States of America government has issued a 90-day ultimatum to Nigeria to improve security in its ports and waterways or face a ban on ships from entering the country. At the opening of a two day General Stakeholders Conference on "Reviving ISPS Code Implementation in Nigeria, Mr. Olugbenga Leke Oyewole, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Maritime Services, told the Lagos conference that due to measures that were introduced after the September 2011 incident in
Recent security exercises in the English Channel involving military personnel on board ships have sparked heightened media interest in maritime security in the region. As a result, International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work in this field has been highlighted on the UK news channel Sky News (2 August) by Chris Trelawny, IMO Special Advisor on Maritime Security and Facilitation.
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Though most visible to the general public for its work at America’s airports, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also helps to secure the country’s transportation network in a number of other ways, including assisting the U.S
A table-top exercise on maritime security has been held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, (1-2 December) to assist the country to effectively implement provisions that fall within the scope of International Maritime Organization (IMO) maritime security measures
A seminar looking at maritime security issues ranging from cyber security on board ships to piracy and illegal maritime activities concluded in Copenhagen (12-13 December). Industry security experts have concluded that maritime crime will not be stopped any time soon – and
Port security has too often lagged behind the demands of ever more vulnerable facilities with new technology often being deployed as an after-market add-on, rather than a homogenous part of the port’s day to day working. With new ports being developed on green or brown-field sites
The Northern Territory (NT) Government in Australia announced the successful bidder for the Port of Darwin – Landbridge Group, based in the People’s Republic of China. Chinese privately owned energy and infrastructure conglomerate Landbridge Group has won a $A506
Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden. The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) introduced a new port security system valued at more than $53 million to safeguard customer cargo, port users, as well as Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors. Richard Vallihu, Chief Executive at TNPA
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced last week the removal of Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from Cuba. Following a comprehensive assessment, the USCG has determined that Cuba meets the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code requirements established by the
A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team in cooperation with officials from the Federated States of Micronesia’s Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure completed three days of port facility security seminars in March.
A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Japanese officials during the second week of March. The engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure
Mandatory requirements for the electronic exchange of information on cargo, crew and passengers have been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as part of a revised and modernized annex to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL)
A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Malaysian officials in April. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Infrastructure Marine and Ports Division to observe the implementation of the
A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with the Republic of Singapore officials in May. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with representatives from the Maritime and Port Authority to observe the implementation of the
A table-top exercise on maritime security has been recently held in Kingston, Jamaica (30 June-1 July), organized by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean