Port of Antwerp-Bruges is a port facility that is required by the ISPS code to carry out all tasks related to security. These tasks are access control, guarding the port facility and restricted areas, supervising the loading and unloading of cargo and ship's stores, and ensuring that security communication devices are within easy reach.
How does Port of Antwerp-Bruges obtain an approved security plan?
- The Local Committee for Maritime Security conducts a Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA). This analysis looks at key infrastructure, potential threats, whether procedures are in place, etc.
- Based on this analysis, the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) draws up or adapts the Port Facility Security Plan for Port of Antwerp-Bruges. Among other things, this plan stipulates which areas are prohibited or restricted, how cargo will be handled, what the procedure is for abandoned luggage, etc.
- The Local Committee for Maritime Security verifies on the ground whether the recommendations have been followed and informs the National Authority for Maritime Security (NAMB in Dutch) accordingly.
- The National Authority for Maritime Security informs the IMO in London that the port facility is in compliance with all regulations.
- The IMO issues a certificate that is valid for five years.
- The Local Committee, the National Authority and the European Commission (Directorate General for Mobility & Transport) carry out regular interim inspections.