Port Facility Security Plan
The Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) is approved by the administration. The security at level 1 includes controlling access to the port facility and restricted areas, monitoring berthing and anchoring areas, supervising handling of cargo and ship’s stores, and ensuring that security communication is readily available.
Additional measures as specified in the PFSP are maintained at the level 2 for a period of heightened risks, and level 3 when the security incident is probable or imminent.
Port facility security assessments are carried out by the RSO. It is reviewed and approved by the administration. The assessment includes identification of important assets and infrastructure, possible threats, security measures, effectiveness and weakness in the infrastructure, policies and procedures.
The PFSP is prepared by the RSO and approved by the administration. It includes measures to prevent unauthorized carriage of weapons or dangerous substance, measures to prevent unauthorized access to port or ships or restricted areas, procedures for shore leave of crew, crew changes, and access by visitors. The plan is protected from unauthorized access or disclosure.
The administration decides which port facilities should have a security officer. A PFSO is designated to one or more port facilities. He is responsible for security assessments and training of security persons.
He shall ensure proper operation, testing, and maintenance of security equipment and coordination with the CSO, SSO, and Security services.
The master shall not be constrained by the company or any other person from making any decision in the interest of safety and security of the ship. In the event of any conflict between safety and security requirements, the master shall give effect to the safety requirements and implement temporary security measures. Flags and ports state administration shall be informed so that the conflict can be resolved and the possibility of recurrence shall be minimized.
When the master of a ship intends to enter a foreign port, he shall inform the concerned authority details of the ISPS certificate, security levels at which the ship is currently operating, and levels maintained during last ten calls. The authority may require inspection of the ship and rectification of non-compliance.
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