11-10-2019

International Ship and Port Facility Security Seminar (ISPS)


From October 7-10, 2019, US Coast Guard in conjunction with the Maritime Transport Agency, organized the International Ship and Port Facility Security Seminar (ISPS) in Batumi.

 

The seminar introduced personnel to strategies that help them develop and conduct TTX’s in accordance with the requirements set forth in the ISPS Code. Specific topics covered included exercise design, identification of objectives, scenario development, exercise frequency and documentation, utilization of lessons learned and integration of all agencies with port security responsibilities. Classroom instruction was reinforced through practical activities following each lesson. Participants developed and executed a tabletop exercise for their port or port facility. The primary references used in this seminar were the Exercitium/European Handbook of Maritime Security Exercises and Drills, ISPS Code and the APEC Manual of Maritime Security Drills and Exercises for Port Facilities.

 

The purpose of the Capacity Building - Exercises are a mandatory requirement for compliance with the ISPS Code. An ISPS TTX is intended to generate discussions on the various port security issues regarding a hypothetical simulated emergency. ISPS TTXs can be used to enhance general ISPS awareness, validate port security facility plans and procedures, rehearse concepts, and/or assess the types of systems needed to guide the prevention of, protection from, mitigation of, response to, and recovery from a defined incident. Generally, ISPS TTXs are aimed at facilitating conceptual understanding, identifying strengths and areas for improvement, and/or achieving changes in perceptions. During an ISPS TTX, players are encouraged to discuss issues in-depth, collaboratively examining areas of concern and solving problems. The effectiveness of an ISPS TTX is derived from the energetic involvement of participants and their assessment of the recommended revisions to current policies, procedures and plans.

 

Among those invited to the seminar were representatives from many organizations in Georgia – the ISPS Designated Authority, national and local police, harbor masters, the Port Authority, naval forces, transportation and other representatives with a direct role in planning, conducting, or evaluating port security exercises, as well as those with responsibilities for auditing the effectiveness of PFSAs and PFSPs.

 

During the meeting, Kulevi Oil Terminal was represented by the Head of the HSSEQ Department, Mr. Abbasali Guliyev and PFSO Mr. Avtandil Basiladze.

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