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Port Security ISPS (ISPS)

Port and maritime security of operations in Port of Uddevalla is based on a number of directives and laws. These regulations are designed to increase security and facilitate customs management.

Maritime security and port security have been developed for the protection of ports and their vessels in international traffic. Port security is an EU directive that applies within the EU, while maritime security ISPS is an international regulatory framework developed by the UN agency IMO, International Maritime Organizations, and applies worldwide.

International Ship and Port Facility Security Code - ISPS

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, ISPS, applies from the area adjacent to the quay to 25 meters into the water.

The purpose of maritime security is to protect the vessels and the port facility itself from damage or destruction as well as from different forms of terrorism.

Port of Uddevalla's maritime security areas that are included in ISPS are:

  • Badö SEUDD-0001
  • Sörvik och Skeppsholmspiren SEUDD-0005
  • Västra hamnen SEUDD-0003

Port Security & ISPS

The port security ordinance covers a much larger area even outside the mandatory protection zone around the port such as access roads, bridges, viaducts, and areas connected to the port area.

The purpose of port security is to secure a larger area. This enables the port to be open and goods to arrive, even if there is a high-level threat to the port.

There are three basic levels of protection in both maritime security and port security:

  • Level 1 is normal level
  • Level 2 is elevated level of protection
  • Level 3 is when imminent risk exists

NOA, the National Operational Department within the Police Authority, in consultation with the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Coast Guard, decides on the security level that applies in the port. Port of Uddevalla can independently choose to work at a higher level if deemed necessary.

Should an elevated level of protection become relevant, it would be possible to impose restrictions to access the port and to carry out more checks in the area, such as controls of ID and goods.

Shell protection

The shell protection around the port facility consists of shell protective fence, with reinforced fence and barbed wire. The areas are monitored by cameras deployed in strategic locations.

Fences, gates, and barriers serve as intrusion protection but are also a legal boundary. If you cross this boundary without permit you can be found guilty of a criminal act, which can result in a police report.

Vessel notification

Arriving vessels must, according to the ISPS code, report their arrival in writing no later than 24 hours before calling at the port. The vessel's agent informs the port.

Maritime security declaration/DOS

Vessels receive information about the current level of protection in the port from the agent. Vessels that have a higher level of protection than the port must report this at least 48 hours before calling. Costs incurred in connection with such a request will be charged to the vessel.

Freight checks

Continuous goods inspections are carried out throughout the port area to meet the requirements of ISPS regulations.

Photography not allowed

Taking photos is prohibited everywhere in the port area. To film or take photos you need to apply for a photo permit from Port of Uddevalla’s Port Authority. The same rules also apply to drones. Port of Uddevalla's PFSO (Port Facility Security Officer) is responsible for photo permits.



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