24-09-2021

Visit of US Coast Guard to BST


As a part of an annual International Port Security Program, recently the inspection was conducted in Kulevi Port, as well as other ports in Georgia by senior management representatives of the US Coast Guard together with Representatives of Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia. The main purpose of the visit was to observe the level of Security at Kulevi Port and recommend measures to strengthen the system.

 

At the beginning of the visit, a meeting started with the BST Introduction issue and held with the participation of BST management members and the MTA of Georgia to discuss the various aspects of Security. The meeting discussed the recommendations presented by the US Coast Guard based on their findings from last years. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on minimum security arrangements for ships, ports, and government agencies. Having come into force in 2004, it prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to "detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade." Guests visited the Security points of the terminal.  In process of the site visit, they have been introduced to the Security and HSSEQ procedures that are implemented at the Terminal. The guests stated that the procedures and plans implemented were in compliance with the applicable international standards and appreciated that company management considers the issues of Security and Safety to be its highest priority.

 

As a result of these efforts:

  • Security procedures and plans are always up to date and strictly followed,
  • Port facilities are always equipped with the relevant equipment’s and tools,
  • CCTV surveillance system is online and in proper condition and
  • Safety, restricted and prohibition signs are always updated and in place. 

 

Security of the Port facility and overall Terminal has been one of the most essential priorities of the BST throughout the years, and every suggestion and recommendation received in this direction represents a valuable opportunity to further increase in Terminal’s Standards and is vital for its Constant Development.    

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