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Maritime and Port Security

The safety and economic security of the Global Economy greatly depends upon the secure use of the world's oceans. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, there have been concerted efforts made to reinforce all strategies to combat the constantly evolving threats in areas of Terrorism and International Crime. Israel has carried out maritime security strategies which have provided a further effective layer of national security.

The constant strengthening of Maritime and Port Security is required because of the inherent vulnerability of ports to terrorist attacks and criminal activities. Ports are extremely vulnerable because of their sheer size, generally open accessibility by water and land, relative location to metropolitan areas, the tremendous amount of cargo they handle and the ready available transport networks to other locations. The large concentration of passengers, cargo, property and businesses at or near ports make them potential targets. As a result, our ports are vulnerable to a major terrorist attack which would result in extensive loss of lives, property, and business.

Reinforcing maritime security is best achieved by combining public and private maritime security activities on a global scale into an integrated effort that addresses all maritime threats. Maritime and Port Security strategies align all government maritime security programmes and enterprise into a comprehensive and cohesive national effort involving appropriate Federal, State, local and private sector entities.

The ISPS Code, a set of new maritime regulations negotiated under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), is designed to help detect and deter threats to international security. It contains requirements for governments, port authorities and shipping companies. Ships or shipments arriving from ports that do not fulfill the ISPS requirements could face sanctions including denial of entry to other international ports.

The appropriate authorities in each country will be better able to secure the physical infrastructure at their ports and to verify the identity of and the potential risk posed by a particular foreign vessel before it calls in a country's port. Maritime and Port Security present a comprehensive national effort to promote global economic stability and protect legitimate activities while preventing hostile or illegal acts within the maritime domain.

The programme aims to deepen participants’ understanding of current security issues; to increase their capacity for innovative planning and implementation of policy in response to Maritime and Port Security; and to improve their decision-making and tactical skills.
Case studies depicting various Security Challenges will be presented. The programme will also address key issues such as current and future challenges faced by Law Enforcement Agencies, Intelligence Organisations and Internal Security Services worldwide.

Programme Description
The two-week seminar will include analysis of basic maritime and port security issues and potential threats.  A key issue will be the application of resources in peace and war in order to strengthen national security.  International and regional security affairs will be considered within the context of global politics.

Programme Participants
Bullet 1 Maritime and Port Security Professionals
Bullet 1 Port Executives, Management and Operations Personnel, Ocean Carriers
Bullet 1 Government Maritime Industry Regulators
Bullet 1 Law Enforcement Agencies and Emergency Response Personnel
Bullet 1 Trade Representatives & Alliance Partners
Bullet 1 Maritime Association Members
Bullet 1 Importers, Freight Forwarders, Supply Chain Management Personnel
Bullet 1 Marine Insurance Agency Representatives
Bullet 1 Shipping Agents
Bullet 1 Trade and Economic Development Planners
Bullet 1 Security Professionals from industries with Maritime Interface, (e.g. rail and
  road cargo carrier, chemical companies, etc.)

Curriculum 2nw04c.gif
The study programme includes the following subjects:

Strategy of Maritime Security
Bullet 1
 Threats in the Maritime World
Bullet 1 The World of Shipping
Bullet 1 Workshop: Strategic Aspects in Maritime and Port Security
Bullet 1 Piracy in Africa: Somalia as a Case Study
Bullet 1 Maritime Security Policy and Security Responsibilities
Bullet 1 The Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
Bullet 1 National Security and National Strength
Bullet 1 The Security Challenge of Monitoring Vessels from the Sea:  Methods and
Bullet 1 Globalisation and Geo- Strategy Problems

Port Security Administration and Implementation
Bullet 1 
Security Assessment and Security Plan
Bullet 1 Security Training and Exercise
Bullet 1 Security Administration
Bullet 1 Hazardous Materials
Bullet 1 Suspicious Signs
Bullet 1 Considerations in Port Security Privatisation
Bullet 1 The Threat of Explosives: The Adversary Weapon
Bullet 1 Concealment of Car Bombs
Bullet 1 Technological Tools for Security Checks
Bullet 1 Strategy of Ports and Shipping

Counter Terrorism
Bullet 1 
Maritime Terrorism and Piracy
Bullet 1 Unconventional Terrorism
Bullet 1 Introduction to Global Jihad from the Early Days to the Current Status and
  Modus Operandi
Bullet 1 Radicalisation Process
Bullet 1 Terrorism:  The Current Threat

Study Tours
Bullet 1 
Major Ports
Bullet 1 High-Tech Security Industries
Bullet 1 Navy Museum
Bullet 1 Northern Sea Border

Course Methodology
Internationally known Israeli academic experts, port experts and national security experts will address participants.  Lectures will be supplemented by case study analyses; group discussions and group work; workshops; study tours; games and simulations.

Please note: The above curriculum outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of course offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration.

Ms. Janine Ross
Programmes Development Director
Centre for Transport and Maritime Studies
Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI)  
Phone: 972 4 642 8888
Fax: 972 4 651 4811


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