The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The ISPS Code is implemented through chapter XI-2 Special measures to enhance maritime security in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974. The Code has two parts, one mandatory and one recommendatory.
In essence, the Code takes the approach that ensuring the security of ships and port facilities is a risk management activity and that, to determine what security measures are appropriate, an assessment of the risks must be made in each particular case. The purpose of the Code is to provide a standardized, consistent framework for evaluating risk, enabling Governments to offset changes in threat with changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities through the determination of appropriate security levels and corresponding security measures.
At the end of the 5-day seminar, delegates should be able to:
The delegates will be involved in the latest trends in seminar presentations. The classroom presentations are made up of interactive practical exercises, supported by audiovisual material and case studies. Delegates will be expected to participate actively in relating the principles of Maritime security management to the specific needs of their industry. This practical development of skills will benefit delegates who then can return to work ready for the implementation of security measures and plans.
The program will identify best practices for leadership and management of maritime security roles including the main responsibilities for the port facility security officer (PFSO)
Delegates attending this seminar will gain an understanding of the strong business reasons why organizations and contracting governments should effectively manage and plan to protect their human and physical resources, through maritime security leadership and management.
The ISP's code section 1.16 states that contracting governments have to ensure that a port facility security assessment is completed by a designated authority or recognized security organization. Following this, a port facility security officer will be appointed and a port facility plan produced.
The PFSO must be able to interact with ship security officers (SSO) and company security officers (CSO).
The ISP's code section 18.1 states that a PFSO should have the knowledge and receive training in various security subjects. These subjects are covered within the five-day seminar.
Day 1and 2: The Background to the International Maritime Security Framework
Day 3: Recognition and Detection of Weapons, Dangerous Substances, and Devices
Day 4: Introduction to Port Facility Security
Day 5: Port Facility Security Assessment