| Security plans for 22 port facilities and 595
Hong Kong registered ships have so far been approved for the implementation
of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code that comes
into effect on July 1.
The Deputy Director for Marine Mr Roger Tupper made the remark
while addressing at the opening of the Hong Kong Air and Port
Security Expo Asia 2004 Maritime Security Seminar today (June
Mr Tupper said: "In Hong Kong there are 31 port facilities
under the Code. These facilities include the container terminals,
oil depots, power stations, cruise and ferry terminals and the
Buoys and Anchorages which constitute a single port facility."
He said that so far Port Facility Security Plan of 22 facilities,
including the container terminals in Kwai Chung and the Ocean
Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui, had been approved, adding that the
remaining facilities had submitted or were close to submitting
their PFSP which were now being considered.
He said among the 595 Hong Kong registered ships with their security
plans approved, 287 had already obtained their International Ship
He said the department had arranged uploading of the port's security
status to the IMO website well in advance of the July 1 deadline
and had issued its MARSEC Level One through an upload to its website
and would provide instant update on advice of the security intelligence
Mr Tupper said Hong Kong was taking positive measures to ensure
its full compliance with and commitment to the ISPS Code before
While underlining Hong Kong's full compliance with the Code he
reminded delegates that vigilance was required as the threat posed
by global terrorists was real.
"We have been reminded of the threat posed to ports and shipping
by such groups in attacks on the tanker "Limburg" off
the Port of Aden, the attack in the extremely well protected port
of Ashdod in Israel and the more recent strike at Yanbu in Saudi
Arabia. Sadly yet again at the weekend we saw another savage outrage
He further noted that there was an ongoing need to enhance exchange
of information from administration to administration.
He said the Marine Department had developed a database system
for maintaining the continuous synopsis records of Hong Kong registered
ships required under the Code and those were being provided to
shipowners on request.
"We have selected a secure location to handle all ISPS communications
from incoming ships and Hong Kong ships on the high seas. This
centre operates round-the-clock and has secure links to our internal
security services. "
"A new Bill, titled 'the Merchant Shipping (Security of Ships
and Port Facilities) Bill', for the purpose of giving effect to
this international obligation was submitted to the Legislative
Council on 24 March 2004."
Finally he remarked that July 1 would mark the introduction of
a new era of security on ships and port. "No doubt there
will be teething problems as the requirements of the ISPS Code
become bedded into the existing operating systems of the shipping
industry," he added.
Ends/Wednesday, June 2, 2004