Port cooperation workshop held in Belize

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Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017. 11:07 a.m. CST.

                                                                            Photo: International Maritime Organization

By BBN Staff: Last week there was a port workshop held in Belize from July 18-20.

The purpose was to identify and deal with potential threats to port security operations.

The event took a closer look at security needs and associated risks.

Many interactive presentations and discussions between participants at the workshop helped identify opportunities for increased collaboration between government agencies and port owners/operators as well as assessing port security training priorities.

Discussions also included specific issues around Port Facility Security Assessments (PFSAs) in keeping with the international requirements in the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, for example, identification and evaluation of important assets and infrastructure which are to be protected.

The event was organized by  the IMO in conjunction with the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), based on the framework of the Agreement of Cooperation between IMO and the Organization of the American States (OAS), signed in 2009.

The workshop was based on the results of a preliminary needs assessment by OAS-CICTE, and came at the request of the Belize Port Authority and National Security Council.

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