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The responsibilities of the port facility security

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The responsibilities of thePort Facility Security Officersare defined in the ISPS Code, as arethe requirements for the training they require and the drills they are responsible for undertaking.The Port Facility Security Officer is responsible for the preparation of thePort Facility SecurityPlan (PFSP).Like the Ship Security Plan, thePort Facility Security Planshall indicate the minimumoperational and physical security measures the Port Facility shall take at all times, i.e. whileoperating at security level 1.The plan should also indicate the additional, or intensified, securitymeasures the Port Facility can take to move to security level 2.Furthermore the plan shouldindicate the possible preparatory actions the Port Facility could take to allow prompt response tothe instructions that may be issued by the authorities responding at security level 3 to a securityincident or threat.The Port Facility Security Plan has to be approved by the port facility’s Contracting Governmentor by the Designated Authority.The Port Facility Security Officer must ensure that its provisionsare implemented and monitor the continuing effectiveness and relevance of the approved plan,including commissioning independent internal audits of the application of the plan.Theeffectiveness of the plan may also be tested by the relevant Authorities.The Port FacilitySecurity Assessment covering the Port Facility may also be reviewed.All these activities maylead to amendments to the approved plan.Major amendments to an approved plan will have tobe submitted to the approving authority for re-approval.
CONFERENCE RESOLUTIONSA number of other longer-term maritime security-related issues were also raised during thediscussions at IMO in 2002. As a result, apart from the resolutions adopting the SOLASamendments and the ISPS Code, nine Conference resolutions were adopted, which addressed:.1 Further work by the International Maritime Organization pertaining to the enhancement ofmaritime security;.2 Future amendments to Chapters XI-1 and XI-2 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention on specialmeasures to enhance maritime safety and security;.3 Promotion of technical co-operation and assistance;.4 Early implementation of the special measures to enhance maritime security;.5 Establishment of appropriate measures to enhance the security of ships, port facilities, mobileoffshore drilling units on location and fixed and floating platforms not covered by chapter XI-2of the 1974 SOLAS Convention;.6 Enhancement of security in co-operation with the International Labour Organization;.7 Enhancement of security in co-operation with the World Customs Organization;.8 Early implementation of long-range ships' identification and tracking; and.9 Human element-related aspects and shore leave for seafarers.

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