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International Ship & Port Facility Security Code - ISPS

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About the course

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 determination of appropriate security levels and corresponding security measures.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course the attendees 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 towards the Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA)
  • Construct the 3 levels of the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) with enhanced knowledge of security
  • Effectively operate and interact the port facility security plan with the ships security officer

Course Outline

The framework and contents of ISPS Code

  • The arrangement of the code
  • Definitions
  • Applications
  • The responsibilities of the member states
  • The over-riding authority of shipmasters for onboard safety and security
  • Declaration of Security

Ship Security

  • The obligations and responsibilities of shipping companies
  • The ship security levels and measures
  • The deployment and duties of company security officers
  • The deployment and duties of ship security officers
  • The outlines of ship security
  • The training and drills of ship security

Ship Security Assessment and its implementation

  • Elements of ship security assessment
  • Contents of ship security assessment
  • Preparations, implementation and approval of ship security assessment
  • On-scene verification

The meaning, formulation and implementation of ship security plan

  • Purposes, uses and approval of ship security plan
  • Contents, formulation and implementation of ship security plan
  • Document control, up-keeping and caring of ship security plan

Training and Drills onboard

  • Security management
  • Applications of security evaluation methods
  • Security assessment and verification
  • Drills of ship security measures
  • Drills for the possible threats to ships, personnel and cargo
  • Applications of inspection, controlling and monitoring technologies
  • Identification of weapons, dangerous goods and installations
  • Briefing on the ship security alarming system
  • Use of ship-shore communication system
  • Use of ship security facilities

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

  • Exporters
  • Importers
  • Hauliers
  • Wharf Operators,
  • Shipping Agents
  • Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders
  • Providers of security
  • All persons in the public and private sectors who provide service at local ports

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