Maritime Essentials

International Ship and Port Security 

The International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Security Code is a security measure put into place by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) as part of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.  This course examine the role and use of security plans in the management of threats.  
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Course Description 

The International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Security Code is a security measure put into place by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) as part of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

It’s implementation followed the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre on 11th September 2001, where 2996 people lost their lives. It was considered that threats to ports and international shipping were such that increased security measures were needed to increase protection from similar events.

Course Objectives

By the end of this module you should be able to:
  • Describe why security plans are put in place by port and ship security officers 
  • Explain the basic requirements of the ISPS code 
  • Consider the various security threats that ports and vessels may be subjected to 
  • Relate to some of the consequences posed by threats to security at sea and in port
  • Recognise the measures required to be put in place at ports and for designated ships
  • Recall why access control, personal and baggage searches may be performed when entering a port or boarding a vessel