Security Requirements at KFTL
Security at KFTL is governed by the governed by CMA-CGM Terminal Security Guidelines and by the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. For KFTL the ISPS Code is enforced by the designated regulatory authority in Jamaica, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).
The ISPS Code employs an international system of three Security Levels:
These Security Levels reflect the likelihood that a security incident will occur; the higher the Security Level the greater the likelihood of a security incident. Levels above Security Level 2 is set by the government of Jamaica Minister with responsibility for Transport in conjunction with the Minister with responsibility for National Security in the Jamaica. It is communicated through PAJ to the Terminal; the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, the JDF Coast Guard, Marine Police and vessels which have signaled their intention to call at KFTL.
At Security Level 1, the Terminal is required to have baseline security measures in place. Security Level 2 represents a heightened level of threat, and the Terminal is required to increase levels of protective security. Security Level 3 represents an imminent and specific threat, and the Terminal is required to increase security provisions still further and respond to instructions from relevant national security control authorities.
KFTL also executes other security protocols in order to ensure cargo and container integrity and to comply with local and international mandates relating to contraband enforcement, dangerous cargo and high security cargo. In this regard, all necessary measures and standards are implemented with respect to access control, searches, surveillance and perimeter and facility integrity, loss prevention and asset protection and in so doing KFTL runs and maintains a robust physical security protection system.
The aim of the protective security measures is to reduce the risk to the Terminal to an acceptable level. Therefore, at times when risk is assessed to be greater there will be more stringent security measures in force than when the risk is deemed to be the risk is lower.
The Terminal employs strict protocols in relation to any dangerous goods passing through the port facility and procedures for handling, securing and recording the transit of such goods are in place. Existing safety requirements (consistent with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code, IMDG Code) provide a strong foundation on which security requirements are based.
The Terminal considers it essential that the rights and needs of seafarers are considered throughout the security process and that security measures do not unduly inhibit seafarers’ ability to access shore facilities, take shore leave and receive visitors. The Terminal will pay particular attention to the needs of ships’ crew when implementing pass systems and conducting searching. Ship’s crew are required to carry passports, Seafarer’s ID card, or ship’s pass in order to exit or enter the port facility.
The Terminal will ensure that there are effective channels of communication between the port facility and ships within, or intending to enter, KFTL. For example, the Terminal must be aware of the Security Level of any ship intending to enter so that, where necessary, appropriate actions can be taken. The Terminal will also ensure effective communication between security personnel within KFTL which will allow coordinated response to a security incident.
Response to any criminal activity on the seas in Jamaican waters rests with the Marine Police and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (JDF CG). Responsibility for investigation and prosecution of all offences committed in Jamaican waters rests with the Jamaican Police. The Ship Security Alert System (SSAS), if activated in Jamaican waters will be received by the JDF Coast Guard on behalf of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the Coast Guard will determine in conjunction with the MAJ any required action.
KFL keeps up to date contact details for all relevant response agencies and control authorities to ensure rapid and effective communication in security emergencies or when necessary. Relevant agencies / authorities may include:
The Terminal will designate restricted areas within a port facility. The following areas will generally be classed as restricted areas:
Restricted areas will, in the majority of cases, be permanent and such areas will be delineated, secured and sign-posted. However, when the Terminal handles a particular vessel, cargo or traffic type on an infrequent basis, the restricted area may be temporary (albeit with the same characteristics i.e. signed and secured).
Signs are displayed around the perimeter of restricted areas to make clear that access is prohibited unless a person has a recognized pass and has been liable to body/possession or vehicular search. Signs will be clear, legible and prominently displayed either on the approach to the area or affixed to structures forming part of that area.
The Terminal will ensure that access to restricted areas is not facilitated by the proximity of vehicles or any other item that could be used as a climbing aid to help circumvent the fence. This “clear zone” is maintained around a restricted area irrespective of the prevailing Security Level. The Terminal will post signs along the berth face to warn approaching unauthorized vessels that they are in a restricted area and the consequences of the breach