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IMO ISPS Code Section 14 - Requirements for Different Security Levels for the Port Facilities and Liaison Between Security Officers

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandated International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a supplement to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS). ISPS Code intends to provide an international framework for mandatory requirements regarding the provisions of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS.

Port facilities which serve ships engaged on international voyages will be required to act upon the security levels by the maritime administration. The ISPS Code introduces an international system of three Security Levels. These security levels reflect the likelihood that a security incident will occur and, the higher the security level the greater the likelihood of a security incident.


Security level 1 is the level at which the ship, port facility and, or a port normally operates. Security Level 2 is heightened level that applies whenever there is a risk or a security incident occurs. Security Level 3 is for exceptional incidents and applied during the period in which there is a probable or imminent risk of a security incident.

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ISPS Code - Port Facility Security

ISPS Code Part A Section 14 - Port Facility Security

Port Facility Security Requirements




14 Port Facility Security

14.1 A port facility is required to act upon the security levels set by the Contracting Government within whose territory it is located. Security measures and procedures shall be applied at the port facility in such a manner as to cause a minimum of interference with, or delay to, passengers, ship, ship’s personnel and visitors, goods and services.

14.2 At security level 1, the following activities shall be carried out through appropriate measures in all port facilities, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code, in order to identify and take preventive measures against security incidents:

.1 ensuring the performance of all port facility security duties;

.2 controlling access to the port facility;

.3 monitoring of the port facility, including anchoring and berthing area(s);

.4 monitoring restricted areas to ensure that only authorized persons have access;

.5 supervising the handling of cargo;

.6 supervising the handling of ship’s stores; and

.7 ensuring that security communication is readily available.

14.3 At security level 2, the additional protective measures, specified in the port facility security plan, shall be implemented for each activity detailed in section 14.2, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

14.4 At security level 3, further specific protective measures, specified in the port facility security plan, shall be implemented for each activity detailed in section 14.2, taking into account the guidance given in part B of this Code.

14.4.1 In addition, at security level 3, port facilities are required to respond to and implement any security instructions given by the Contracting Government within whose territory the port facility is located.

14.5 When a port facility security officer is advised that a ship encounters difficulties in complying with the requirements of chapter XI- 2 or this part or in implementing the appropriate measures and procedures as detailed in the ship security plan, and in the case of security level 3 following any security instructions given by the Contracting Government within whose territory the port facility is located, the port facility security officer and ship security officer shall liaise and co-ordinate appropriate actions.

14.6 When a port facility security officer is advised that a ship is at a security level, which is higher than that of the port facility, the port facility security officer shall report the matter to the competent authority and shall liaise with the ship security officer and co-ordinate appropriate actions, if necessary.

ISPS Code Part B Section 14 - Port Facility Security

Guidance regarding port facility security

14 Port Facility Security

Relevant guidance is provided under Section 15, Section 16 and  Section 18.

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check IMO ISPS Code - SOLAS Convention for the latest requirements and accurate info

LAST UPDATED ON Feb 3, 2021