Measurement of the Gap between the Current Capabilities of the Port and the Requirements of Activating the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

Document Type: Original Article


Maritime studies faculty, King Abdul-Aziz University, Saudi Arabia-Jeddah


After the repeated repercussions resulting from the breach of the security system of sea ports
and the resulting loss of confidence in the most important component of the maritime transport
system, namely ports and negative results that may penetrate between the components of the
system and thus lead to the weakness of the system and thus the negative impact on the
movement of international trade.
The IMO has accelerated the implementation of several international conventions and codes
for the safety of ports and ships such as ISPS and PFSO.
It was necessary to work towards measuring the effectiveness of the port to measure the
performance in terms of security and the extent of integration between the resources and
possibilities of the port and facilities and between those international conventions and the
application through maritime ports, which is aim at the current paper, which can answer the
following questions:
- The extent to which the port applies to the international safety code
- Can the current capabilities of the port be able to meet the fluctuations of these codes?
- Is it possible to measure the gap between the current capabilities of the port and what is require
being implement in accordance with those conventions.