Port of Rouen Authority


Safety and security

Compulsory application of the ISPS international code for the safety of vessels and harbour installations throughout the world’s ports since 1 July 2004 has led to strong involvement of the maritime port world in international security issues.

The code’s objectives are varied and affect vessels, ports and the vessel/port interface:

- In terms of international cooperation, this involves identifying threats and taking preventive and safeguard measures.

- This means defining the roles and responsibilities of all agents involved

- There is a need for rapid and efficient exchange of security related information

- Finally, methods for evaluation need to be determined to draw up security plans and procedures.
The ISPS code requires each harbour installation to ensure: - appointment of a security agent;
- implementation of a security assessment; - drawing up of a security plan; - application of the governmental security level (Levels 1, 2 and 3); and reminding all the economic players of their responsibilities.

In order to implement and coordinate the port security plan, a Port Security Agent proposed by the Port Authority and approved by the Prefect or equivalent State authority is to be appointed in each port.

Moreover, for each port, Restricted Access Zones have been defined. They concern port terminals receiving passenger ships, container vessels and vessels transporting petrochemical products.

The Port of Rouen has applied these procedures for the 33 port installations existing in its district. 40 Port Installation Security Agents (ASIP), whose actions are coordinated by the Port Security Agent, have been appointed and trained.

Finally, Restricted Access Zones are fenced off, under surveillance and have access authorisation control. All the other areas are closed off and monitored.

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