by tocle on August 15th, 2012 - Comments Off
A&P Group’s Terry Bytheway HS&E Manager NE and John Leckie Asset Manager NE have recently undertaken a University Certificate in Professional Development (UCPD) Ports Facility Security. The main aim of the UCPD Ports Facility Security is to ensure the knowledge, understanding and application of the International Ship and Port Facility Security code and ISPS. The ISPS code was developed and introduced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. It is a set of special measures that were introduced to enhance maritime security in the international convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Fundamental to the role of a port facility security officer is the ability to identify threats and vulnerabilities within their particular port facility area therefore Terry and John are able to apply these practices to A&P’s yards and the vessels that come into them.
A&P Tyne are already in possession of an approved Port Facility Security Plan which fulfils the ISPS Code given by the Department of Transport.
John Leckie added, “It is very important for the safety of the yard and its staff to have gained further knowledge of port security. This awareness and understanding will prove pivotal to ensure we are fully prepared for any security breach”.