ISPS Assessment Underway

PERSONNEL from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji will be visiting four local ports to conduct International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) assessment as per the Maritime (ISPS) Regulation 2014 and the ISPS Code.

The ISPS assessment started off at the Kings Wharf in Suva with two senior officers from MSAF conducting the security assessments.

The assessments will also be carried out at the Wharves in Lautoka, Levuka and Malau in Labasa.

MSAF’s acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Philip Hill said the assessment is an essential part of the security process as we strive to meet all the necessary requirements by the International Maritime Organisation in having our facilities internationally certified.

“The ISPS assessment is an integral part of the process of developing and updating the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP),” Capt Hill said.

“Our team will conduct the annual verification audit of port facility later in July.”

The ISPS assessment is a must for all local ports that foreign going vessels berth at, as it prescribes responsibilities to every port user as well as port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

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