ISPS - Security Exercises
ISPS - Security Exercises
Lairdside Maritime Centre in conjunction with the Port of Liverpool Police have now carried out a number of Security Exercises for UK Ports and Harbour Authorities to meet their obligations under Section 18.3 of the ISPS Code and EU Regulation 725/2004.
The first of these exercises was carried out in Liverpool on Tuesday, 24th June 2005. Set up as a major Desk Top Exercise it fully satisfied the Port's obligations under the Code.
It was attended by Port facility staff from Liverpool, Cardiff, Tilbury and Medway and observed by TRANSEC and the MCA. Delegates and facilitators hailed the day a resounding success as the five syndicate groups were stepped through a demanding seven phase exercise.
Each syndicate group had access to Merseyside Special Branch Officers as well as Facilitators from the Port of Liverpool Police and Lairdside Maritime Centre.
It was essential that delegates were pressured in undertaking intelligence assessments and implementing reactive solutions, consequently each phase was tightly time managed.
At the end of the exercise typical delegate comments were:
"A well produced, concise and professional exercise"
"A good mix of people"
"Particularly interesting having Special Branch personnel present"
"A bit of a wake up call"
Demonstrating the importance which senior management place on the application of ISPS Measures and the continual training regime, Director of Liverpool, Alec Don, addressed the attendees at the opening of the exercise and stressed his commitment to the day. This was adequately demonstrated when, unplanned, he joined a syndicate group and worked with them.
In contrast to this large Exercise at Liverpool a more compact delivery was led at the Port of Heysham on Tuesday, 4th October 2005. Again attending delegates from the Port and Lancashire Constabulary were pressured in their decision making through a six stage programme. At the end of the Exercise delegates expressed their belief in the value of the day.
At the end of the Exercise typical delegate comments were:
"Good from a CSO's perspective. The exercise was informative and beneficial in all respects"
"The Exercises phases slotted in very well"
"A constructive use of the day with a good mix of participants"
"The Exercise extended my knowledge such that I will revisit some areas"
Further Exercises of half and one day duration have been undertaken at the Ports of Heysham and St Helier, Jersey with a wide range of participants. Key to all of the Exercises has been the participation of Police and other Security Agencies.
Committed to improving Security Measures in the Maritime Industry, the Port of Liverpool Police and Lairdside Maritime Centre are offering an Exercise presentation package which satisfies the annual requirements of the ISPS Code. This service is being made available to Ports and Ship Oerators to meet their exercise obligations. Each Exercise and the associated materials are adapted to match a location's specific environment.
For more information on this Service please contact us directly as below:
Tel: +44 (0)151 647 0494
Fax: +44 (0)151 647 0498