ISPS Security and Safety: proven solutions for Ports and Terminals
Respecting the imposed security and safety regulations is a must for every terminal. These guidelines are a basis to protect the resources, space – equipment, staff and technology. Finding the right balance between rules and performance objectives is necessary to maintain service and performance objectives.
Quality procedures are necessary to deliver customers the expected service level. Our experts have acquired extensive hands-on experience during various assignments on terminals worldwide. We will assist in setting up a quality system and as added value we supply you with loads of “tips and tricks” to improve quality at no additional or very reduced costs!
Deliverables consist typically of a report describing the existing implementation of guidelines and detailed proposals to improve the workability on the terminal while maintaining or exceeding performance targets. Quality audits describe the current procedures and propose measures to improve quality and reduce claims.
Emergency response, crisis management and crisis organisation
Emergency preparedness and response planning is a must for any organisation! With the right preparation, defined and reliable crisis management procedures and the right crisis organisation a port or terminal will be up an running very soon in case of a calamity. All starts with the identification of risks and scenarios and the impact they may have on the organisation. Our experts developed a proven and internationally accepted methodology to identify risks, classify them and develop strategies to react to them and contain the consequences. Clearly, the first step is to implement prevention measures.
The adapted crisis management strategy and crisis organisation are a must to:
- Get back in business as soon as possible to generate revenue
- Contain reputation damage
- Prevent environmental impact
- Control and limit damage to people, facility and installations
ISPS and Security
Following the tragic events of 11th September 2001 the International Maritime Organization – IMO adopted new provisions in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 and this Code to enhance maritime security – the ISPS-code. It has been transposed to the European Community legal framework by the Regulation 725/2004, successively, extended into the whole port area by the Directive 2005/65/CE.
Furthermore additional (legal) security initiatives like the US Second Line of Defense Initiative – Megaports, C-TPAT, and Authorized Economic Operator made of securing the whole Supply Chain a very complicated matter, especially for Security Managers who are involved in the daily maritime security management of their premises, such as container terminals, general cargo terminals.
At a Transport Security Conference in London in 2010, Christian Dupont, Deputy Head of Unit / DG Mobility and Transport C3/ European Commission addressed some points of special attention with reference to the practical implementation of Maritime Security. (Access control, security plans, exercises and drills, security awareness, risk management) Furthermore the professional literature very often stresses the importance of a physical compliance instead of a formal compliance. This contradiction, where authorities very often turn a blind eye to, puts the business continuity, in case of serious security incident, at stake and enhances distortion of competition. We are convinced that there’s a serious lack of practical knowledge and security-management skills with reference to the implementation of maritime security measures.
Because the ISPS-code is applicable worldwide and the Regulation (EC) 725/200 is applicable is to all member states of the EC and due to the fact that there’s still a huge ignorance with reference to Maritime Security we are convinced that our company can share the knowledge, the practical experience, including implementation & training, to your organization in the domain of Maritime Security. We can also assist your organization in the full implementation process of ISO 28000 towards certification, including the integration and administrative optimization in your existing management systems (for example ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001)
Safety is another important aspect for a port and a terminal. We develop emergency preparedness and response plans. Starting from an operational analysis, we identify risks, develop mitigation plans and prepare a response strategy to get your business up an running again with minimal production, commercial and asset losses.