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The purpose of Directive 2005/65/EC, which is implemented by the Port Security Regulations 2009 and port security designation orders in the UK, is to enhance security coordination in the wider port area at those ports covered by the directive. This is as opposed to the immediate ship or port interface which is covered by Regulation (EC) 725/2004 on enhancing ship and port of facility security which is directly applicable in UK law. The directive requires the:
- designation of a port security authority (PSA)
- appointment of a port security officer
- conduct of a port security risk assessment
- creation of a port security plan
There are already designated PSAs at Dover, Aberdeen, Grangemouth, Portland, Tees & Hartlepool and Workington. It is proposed to extend the initial review date of port security designation orders at these listed ports to 5 years from the coming into force date in line with coalition government better regulation policy. However, this in no way affects the PSAs’ obligations under the directive.
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