A security level is a system of defining code concerning security conditions to give information regarding the level of security threats occurring and security measures that need to be taken by related parties to mitigate security risks.
Defining security levels is essential for communication in the field of security. Particularly, in handling security incidents.
Understanding the security level code is a must for the related parties so that they can communicate efficiently by giving instructions for security measures that need to be taken.
In relation to international ships and port facilities, the security level code was defined by the IMO through Part of the ISPS Code (that was later referred to in Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS).
This definition of security level code is needed to determine security measures that need to be taken in mitigating security risks, handling security threats, and handling the impact of security incidents.
There are three levels of security that were defined in the ISPS Code that are simply called; security level 1; security level 2; and security level 3.
The security level – for both ships and port facilities – is set by the authorities of related countries, based on information acquired concerning national and international security conditions.
Several things to be considered when setting up the security levels are:
Security Level 1
Security Level 1 is the security level that needs the minimum-security measures that should be maintained all the time. This security level is set when ships or port facilities operate normally.
Several security measures that need to be taken in Security Level 1 are, but not limited to:
Port Facility Security
Security Level 2
The increase of security level to Security Level 2 could be caused by threat information targeting ships or port facilities.
If this happens, additional security measures should be implemented for a limited period.
Additional measures that could be taken are, but not limited to:
Security Level 3
The highest security level is Security Level 3. At this security level, specific security measures should be implemented for limited periods of time.
Limited periods of time mean when a security incident could or is bound to happen.
The specific security measures that could be implemented in this security level are, but not limited to:
Securing Your Ships and Port Facilities
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