Marine and Offshore > Port Security & the ISPS Code – Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) 

Port operations are often subjected to vulnerabilities in their security systems and policies. Port asset management systems have been designed to respond to several market and operational requirements but their robust responses to random or targeted security threats is often called to test. Potential security threats and vulnerabilities to port systems are numerous, ranging from internal process and system failures to external malicious and targeted attacks.

By implementing the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and other regulatory programs and industry initiatives, maritime regulators and port operators can take steps towards protecting their security of port systems while also adopting and integrating several other tools for risk assessment and management.

This 5 half-day virtual instructor lead training (VILT) course will not only cover the full processes and requirements of the ISPS Code but also other relevant port security programs such as the ISO 28000 on Supply Chain Security, the Container Security Initiative, the 24-hr advance manifest rule, the C-TPAT programme, and the latest IMO Guidelines on Port and Maritime Cyber Security.

This VILT course provides participants with a comprehensive and expert-level knowledge of the ISPS Code and applications in ports and terminals. Participants will be able to identify and acquire the skills and tools required for designing, implementing, managing, and monitoring port facility security assessments, plans, training drills, security officers and personnel requirements along different security (MARSEC) levels and across various port and terminal facilities. In addition, the course will also cover other port-related security programs and initiatives and will introduce the participants to the state-of-the-art models for security risk assessment and management and their applications in port operations.

By attending this VILT course, participants will gain a detailed understanding of:

  • Security threats and risk categories in ports
  • Regulatory and voluntary frameworks governing port and terminal security
  • Process and components of the ISPS Code for ports, terminals and mobile drilling units (MODUs)
  • ISPS PFSA, PFSP, PFSO, training and certification
  • Non-ISPS port security programs and related maritime and supply chain security initiatives
  • Relevant approaches to probabilistic risk and hazard analysis and their applications in ports and terminals
  • Procedures and techniques for event reporting, threshold warnings, and precursor analysis in ports
  • Port security technology
  • Economic costs and benefits of port security
  • Crisis and disaster management in ports

The VILT course is aimed at a wider audience of port stakeholders: security providers, terminal operators, port authorities, government agencies, maritime and port agents, transport and logistics providers, insurance and risk management providers, postgraduate students and academics, and other port users.

This VILT course will be of relevance to:

  • Terminal Managers and Operators
  • Port Authorities
  • Security Providers and Officers
  • Underwriters and Insurance Providers
  • Maritime and Transport Security Agencies
  • Risk Management and Control Providers
  • Marine and Nautical Service Providers
  • International Logistics Operators
  • Ship and Port Agents
  • Risk and Safety Management Consultants
  • Port and Maritime Consultants
  • Academics and Postgraduate Students

In addition to formal lecture delivery, the VILT course will include case studies, practical applications, group exercises, scenario security games, and risk modelling exercises.

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 breaks of 15 minutes per day.

Course Duration: 5 half-day sessions, 4 hours per session (20 hours in total).

Your expert course leader is an internationally-recognised port, maritime and transport logistics expert with advanced qualifications and over 23 years of international experience including periods in senior positions and as Consultant and Adviser to international terminal operators, global carriers and logistics service providers, international financial institutions, leading insurance and consulting firms, and several governments and multilateral agencies.

Following 17 years of a formal international career, he has operated for the past eight years as an Independent Consultant. He has been involved in more than 80 consulting projects and advisory services in around 90 countries. He has also been active in professional training and capacity building and has designed and delivered over 55 workshops and seminars for the port, maritime and transport logistics industries.

Parallel to his consulting and advisory activities, he has a strong interest in academic research and teaching. He has published six books and over 100 academic papers and policy reports, and has been teaching port, maritime and transport logistics courses to masters and PhD students. He is founder of and advisor to the Port Operations, Research and Technology Centre (PORTeC) and the Global Port Research Alliance (GPRA). He holds visiting academic positions at several leading universities including Imperial College, City University, UCL, LBS, MIT, Hong Kong Poly University, LMA, BITE, and UWI.

He is regularly called upon to advise governments, private firms, and international agencies on transport logistics issues. He has acted as consultant and advisor to global port operators including APM Terminals, HPH, DP World, ICTSI, and KGL; global carriers such as Maersk, CMA-CGM, Hapag-Lloyd, and UASC; leading 3PLs such as DHL, UPS, and Agility, major financial institutions such as the World Bank, EBRD, ADB, EIB, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, and BNP Paribas; and leading legal and insurance firms such as Fresh-fields, DLA Pipers, Lloyd’s of London, and the TT Club. His latest public appointments include port supply chain specialist to the UKTI, senior transport advisor to the EBRD, maritime transport advisor to the World Bank, specialist port adviser to the UK House of Commons, port policy advisor to the European Parliament, rapporteur to the Trans-European Agency, transport logistics advisor to the MEDA Forum, and transport logistics advisor to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.