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In the past, port security was concerned with deterring theft, the passage of illegal immigrants and countering smuggling and contraband. Some smaller ports had no security measures of any significance. Other, larger ports, had their own security personnel. Even they were not concerned with matters other then theft. In other countries, ports were considered military installations and therefore, security was an integral part of their management.

This changed in the light of the 9 / 11 attacks in the USA in 2001. The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) was agreed in 2002, came into force in 2004, and is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities based on risk management that determine what security measures are appropriate.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is intended to provide improved protection from terrorist attacks for all port facilities receiving seagoing ships larger than 500 Gross Ton on international routes.
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ISPS, PSO and PFSO
In many ports the harbour is also the Port Security Officer (PSO) and will thus have to fulfil obligations under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).

The Antwerp Port Authority has introduced a “Serious Game”, a tool that seeks to create security awareness in a port; in an entertaining way port users can learn how they can make their own individual contribution towards a more safe and secure port. In this way the Port Authority seeks to make all port users aware of their responsibility to report suspicious situations, take the correct actions and inform the right people. You can play the game on the website of the Port of Antwerp. It is also available on the iTunes App store for free.
Antwerp Port Authority introduces Serious Game to boost port security
Press release
Source: Port of Antwerp   Date: 25-4-2013
 
IMO ISPS Code
Source: IMO   Date: December 2002
 
Port Facilities Security Toolkit
Uniform interpretation and application of the ISPS Code.

The Port Facility Security Toolkit has been developed by Aon in conjunction with the Port of Rotterdam. The Toolkit provides port facilities with a risk assessment, an Action Plan and a Port Facility Security Plan. All within a limited period of time. Another benefit is that the ISPS Code is interpreted and applied uniformly and consistently for all port facilities using the Port Facility Security Toolkit. This simplifies supervision of compliance by the designated authority as well as reviewing and auditing the plans. In case of changes in, for example, legislation, the port authority can modify or expand the Toolkit easily.
Source: AON - Port of Rotterdam   Date: July 2004
 
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