PFSO mentoring for Pacific Island countries
Thursday, 05 November 2009

PFSOs at the Kings Wharf for a practical drills and exercises session

Five years ago, the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) was established and every Contracting Government raced with time to implement this international requirement with regards to their ships and ports. Appointing a Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) for each port that serviced ships engaged in international voyage was one of the requirements.

Majority of the PFSOs in the region were trained by SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) in accordance with the ISPS Code requirements and standards. A change of security personnel in some ports, including PFSOs, caused a skill gap that needed  to be addressed urgently. As a result, RMP identified specific ports in the region which needed PFSO upgrade training and subsequently organised a mentoring session for these PFSOs in Suva from 22 – 26 June 2009.

The first two days of the training were held at the SPC premises while the following two days were spent at the Suva Port. The last day of the course was reserved for summarisation, evaluation and assessment.

Participants in the mentoring included: the PFSO of Kosrae Port Authority (in Federated States of Micronesia), the Security Officer incharge of the Port of Malau in Fiji and the Officer incharge of the Port of Ovalau in Fiji.

The following topics were  covered: overview of ISPS Code;  duties and responsibilities of PFSOs; duties and responsibilities of Ship Security Officer (SSO); duties and responsibilities of Designated Authority (DA); pre-arrival security information document from arriving ships; reporting writing style for drills and exercises; auditing and preparation for external audit.

Practical activities conducted in the port included: completion of Declaration of Security; security guards observation; and conducting drills within the port.

RMP extends sincere appreciation to the Chief Executive Officer as well as the Port Security and Safety Officer of Suva Port for their active support during this PFSO mentoring. The mentoring will benefit the new PFSOs in the region, assisting them to upgrade their security knowledge and skills required for practical duties.  Depending on funding availability, RMP plans to host more PFSO mentoring programmes of this nature in future.


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