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FPCL Conducts Training To Enhance Safety, Security

ISPS code prescribes responsi­bilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventa­tive/control measures against secu­rity incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.
20 Feb 2019 12:08
FPCL Conducts Training To Enhance Safety, Security
Participants of the safety and security Port USer License trtaining at Mua-i-Walu House.

In its continuous bid to beef up safety and security in our Ports of Entry, Fiji Ports Corporation Limited has started hosting a safety and security Port user License (PUL) training at the Mua-i-Walu House.

Chief executive officer of Fiji Ports Vajira Piyasena said the Induction training was essential for port us­ers to familiarise themselves with issues conducted by FPCL Security and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) department.

“OHS induction training is con­ducted to safeguard all staff and port users from the numerous safety haz­ards that they might encounter tak­ing into account the nature of opera­tions whilst within the port area,” Mr Piyasena said.

“The ports security department is different from other security sectors as it deals with Maritime Security Access Control,” he said.

He said Fiji was complying with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code; an additional security enhancement control meas­ure implemented around the world after the events of September 11 (9/11) terrorist attack which in turn has been also audited by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and the United States Coast Guard.

“ISPS code prescribes responsi­bilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventa­tive/control measures against secu­rity incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

“Therefore, trainings conducted are important to ensure our Port User License (PUL) holders do not breach the ISPS Code and that our ports comply with the requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the US Coast Guards.

“Training is usually conducted in Lautoka (Port of Lautoka license holders) and in Suva (Port of Suva license holders).

“There are also outreach pro­grammes in place for companies who wish to have their trainings during working hours as PUL train­ing is usually held after working hours from 5pm to 6pm.”

The recent training FPCL con­ducted was for William & Goslings, Transam and Golden Oceans staff .

There were a total of 35 PUL hold­ers in attendance.

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