Maritime and Port Security


The safety and economic security of the Global Economy greatly depends upon the secure use of the world's oceans. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, there have been concerted efforts made to reinforce all strategies to combat the constantly evolving threats in areas of Terrorism and International Crime. Israel has carried out maritime security strategies which have provided a further effective layer of national security.

The constant strengthening of Maritime and Port Security is required because of the inherent vulnerability of ports to terrorist attacks and criminal activities. Ports are extremely vulnerable because of their sheer size, generally open accessibility by water and land, relative location to metropolitan areas, the tremendous amount of cargo they handle and the ready available transportation networks to other locations. The large concentration of passengers, cargo, property and businesses at or near ports make them potential targets. As a result, our ports are vulnerable to a major terrorist attack which would result in extensive loss of lives, property, and business.

Reinforcing maritime security is best achieved by combining public and private maritime security activities on a global scale into an integrated effort that addresses all maritime threats. Maritime and Port Security strategies align all government maritime security programs and enterprise into a comprehensive and cohesive national effort involving appropriate Federal, State, local and private sector entities.

The ISPS Code, a set of new maritime regulations negotiated under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), is designed to help detect and deter threats to international security. It contains requirements for governments, port authorities and shipping companies. Ships or shipments arriving from ports that do not fulfill the ISPS requirements could face sanctions including denial of entry to other international ports. The appropriate authorities in each country will be better able to secure the physical infrastructure at their ports and to verify the identity of and the potential risk posed by a particular foreign vessel before it calls in a country's port. Maritime and Port Security present a comprehensive national effort to promote global economic stability and protect legitimate activities while preventing hostile or illegal acts within the maritime domain.

The program aims to deepen participants' understanding of current security issues; to increase their capacity for innovative planning and implementation of policy in response to Maritime and Port Security; and to improve their decision-making and tactical skills. Case studies depicting various Security Challenges will be presented. The program will also address key issues such as current and future challenges faced by Law Enforcement Agencies, Intelligence Organisations and Internal Security Services worldwide.

Program Description

The two-week seminar will include analysis of basic maritime and port security issues and potential threats. A key issue will be the application of resources in peace and war in order to strengthen national security. International and regional security affairs will be considered within the context of global politics.

Program Participants

The program is designed for: senior government officials, directors of regional offices, employees of NGOs and the private sector, and consultants in the sector. It is also intended for executives and professionals.