In 2004 PD Ports confirmed its compliance with the International Ships and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), which came into force from the 1 July 2004.
The ISPS code, and the EC & UK legislation which support it, significantly enhances maritime security, enabling ports to operate effectively with much tighter security measures in place. It provides a methodology for security assessments enabling users of PD Ports’ Teesport facility to have in place plans and procedures that react to changing security levels.
These security methods include:
- Compulsory identity checks for all staff and visitors working within the Port’s restricted areas
- Regular searches of personnel and cargo upon arrival and departure from the Port
- Increased CCTV coverage
- All ships visiting the Port undergo thorough checks and are required to pre-notify their intended arrival 24 hours prior to arrival
By adhering to ISPS standards, PD Ports’ Teesport facility has the capability to take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities which are used in international trade.
The ISPS code establishes an international framework involving cooperation between contracting Governments, Government Agencies, Local Administrators and the Shipping/Port industries to detect and assess security threats. Such measures are increasingly significant following events of recent years. The code also helps to prevent any unauthorised persons or packages attempting to gain access to ships, or any of the Port’s facilities.
The penalties for non-compliance with ISPS are now enshrined in UK law in The Ship and Port (Security) Regulations 2004. In the long term, non compliance with the ISPS code requirements, either by a ship or port facility, could lead to very serious commercial consequences with the port or facility in question being unable to trade.