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ISPS Port Facility Security Officer



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.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Define the nature of their facility and how they are affected by the requirements of the ISPS code.
  • Identify the mandatory and guidance regulations of the ISPS code.
  • Develop risk assessment tools for the Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA).
  • Construct the 3 levels of the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) with enhanced knowledge of security issues.
  • Effectively operate and interact with the port facility security plan with the ship's security officer and ship master.

Targeted Audience:

  • This training course will be of benefit to those who find themselves responsible for or involved with maritime security at port facilities. In addition, it will raise awareness for personnel who have been allocated potential or specific tasks in an existing security program.

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: The Background to the International Maritime Security Framework:

  • Who the code applies to.
  • Types of port facilities.
  • Protection categories.
  • Understand the ISPS code.
  • To understand the relevant international conventions, codes, and recommendations relating to the ISPS Code.
  • To understand the Parts of the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code.
  • To understand the Application of the ISPS Code.
  • To understand the Functional Requirements of the ISPS Code.
  • To understand the Responsibilities of Contracting Governments.
  • To understand the Roles of Recognised Security Organisations (RSO).
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO).

Unit 2: Recognition and Detection of Weapons, Dangerous Substances, and Devices:

  • Firearms.
  • Low explosives.
  • Incendiary devices.
  • Grenades.
  • High explosives.
  • Detonators.
  • Timers.
  • Batteries.
  • Timer power units and Case studies.

Unit 3: Introduction to Port Facility Security:

  • Security administration.
  • Responsibilities and functions of security organizations.
  • Handling sensitive security-related information.
  • Knowledge of current security threats and patterns.
  • Techniques used to circumvent security.
  • Security equipment and systems.
  • Characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons likely to threaten security.
  • Security-related communications.

Unit 4: Port Facility Security Assessment:

  • Risk assessment 4: 2: 1.
  • Risk assessment methodology.
  • Key point identification CARVER
  • Evacuation planning.
  • Search planning.

Unit 5: Port Facility Security Plan:

 Will bring together the discussions and group work of days 1 – 4 with the format of the port facility security plan for the delegate’s port of responsibility.

  • Case Study Development of Security Level 1
  • Case Study Development of Security Level 2
  • Case Study Development of Security Level 3

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