In the aftermath of the 11th September 2001 an international standard was developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) for better security of sea-going vessels and port facilities: the so-called ‘ISPS Code’. ISPS stands for ‘International Ship and Port Security Code’. The European Union has adopted the requirements into a special regulation and the Netherlands has drawn up the requirements in the New Harbour Security Act. These strict maritime security requirements apply to sea-going vessels and port terminals from 1st of July 2004.
This means that companies with a terminal or loading and unloading quay must prepare a security plan based on a risk analysis. The security system must be accurately described, personnel must be trained and a security officer must be appointed for each terminal. All these arrangements are recorded in the so-called PFSP (Port Facility Security Plan).