Port Safety and Security Remains Top Priority at Port of Hualien
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Port of Hualien,Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
Port of Hualien has continued to work to maintain the highest levels of port health and safety during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. While under level 3 pandemic alert conditions, beyond implementing regular port patrols and strengthening related prevention measures, the format of the already-scheduled Port of Hualien 2021 Internal Review of Outer & Inner Harbor Port Facilities was revised to be an online review of related documents, which took place on July 1st. After government revision of the national pandemic alert downward to level 2 on July 26th, Port of Hualien convened on August 6th the 2nd quarterly (2021) Joint Meeting of the Port of Hualien Facilities Maintenance Team and Meeting of the Port Maintenance Safety Drill Preparatory Committee in line with ISPS requirements. During the meeting, to test and verify established response procedures, scenario drills were conducted in which, respectively, foreign vessel crew members disembarked at the port in violation of pandemic protocols and members of the public trespassed onto the port and damaged surveillance system equipment.
The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code was approved by the International Maritime Organization in December 2002 in the aftermath of the 911 attack in the United States to more-effectively prevent terrorism-related attacks and loss. The vessels and ports of all nations must implement and adhere to ISPS-mandated rules and requirements, with the goal of maintaining safety across the global shipping sector. Governments, shipping companies, and ports, including Port of Hualien, have all endeavored to fully meet and uphold their ISPS responsibilities. Rolling reviews have expanded the port’s CCTV surveillance system, added a smart alarm system, and strengthened port patrols to further enhance safety and security at Port of Hualien.
Port of Hualien is scheduled to hold the 2021 Annual International Vessel and Port Facilities Safety & Emergency Response Simulation Drill this month (September). The goals of related exercises include strengthening and honing the capability of the port to effectively respond to terrorist threats, quarantine issues, and disasters.