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Maritime Security Management and Control as per ISPS Code



In response to projected threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States, the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) was created. It is a comprehensive collection of procedures to improve the security of ships and port facilities. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, chapter XI-2 Special measures to enhance maritime security, implements the ISPS Code. A required section and a recommendatory section make up the Code. 

In essence, the Code adopts the viewpoint that guaranteeing the security of ships and port facilities is a risk management activity and that it is necessary to assess the risks in each specific situation in order to decide what security measures are acceptable. Through the selection of suitable security levels and accompanying security measures, the Code aims to give Governments a standardized, consistent framework for evaluating risk that will enable them to balance changes in threat with changes in vulnerability for ships and port infrastructure.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the characteristics of your facility and how the ISPS code requirements influence you.
  • Describe the ISPS code's obligatory and guiding regulations.
  • Create tools for risk assessment in preparation for the Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA)
  • Build the three tiers of the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) while knowing more about security-related issues
  • run the port facility security strategy efficiently and communicate with the ships' security officer and master

Targeted Audience

  • Those who are in charge of or associated with marine security at port facilities will find this training seminar useful.
  • Additionally, it will increase awareness among employees who have been given potential or particular obligations as part of an ongoing security program.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Recognition and Detection of Weapons, Dangerous Substances and Devices

  • Firearms
  • Low Explosives
  • Incendiary Devices
  • Grenades
  • High Explosives
  • Detonators
  • Timers
  • Batteries
  • Timer Power Units
  • Case Studies


Unit 2: Introduction to Port Facility Security

  • Security Administration
  • Responsibilities and Functions of Security Organisations
  • Handling Sensitive Security Related Information
  • Knowledge of Current Security Threats and Patterns
  • Techniques Used to Circumvent Security
  • Security Equipment and Systems
  • Characteristics and Behavioural Patterns of Persons likely to Threaten Security
  • Security Related Communications

Unit 3: 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 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

  • 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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