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240 AML employees and port users undergo training on international ship and port facility security – Global News Network

July 6, 2022 (Buchanan, Grand Bassa) − ArcelorMittal Liberia has completed a series of International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code trainings for at least 240 port workers and users in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.

ISPS is a critical security measure put in place following international terrorist attacks. The code is implemented by the International Maritime Convention (IMO) as an amendment to the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

The 240 AML participants were trained in practical approaches to interpreting and implementing the measures that will ensure compliance with maritime security requirements. These include actions and decisions to be taken individually and collectively to ensure safety and security within Port facilities.

A Certified Marine Security Consultant, Veteran Security Service Incorporated (VESSI) has been hired by the company as a Recognized Security Organization (RSO) to deliver the training. The training also covered detecting and preventing maritime threats and other security risks, access controls, understanding security levels, and conducting drills and ISPS exercises.

AML Port Facilities and Security Superintendent Bobby A. Davis said training is a requirement for compliant ports, including Buchanan Port currently used by ArcelorMittal Liberia to ship iron ore.

Davis said practice has lasted six days in total, since last Tuesday.

The beneficiaries of the training were ArcelorMittal Liberia employees and contractors, as well as port users, including personnel from Bolloré Logistics and Bureau Veritas Liberia (BVL).

“In the event of anything happening in the port, every employee, contractor or user of the port must know what to do. We don’t want people to panic or get lost. So we teach them to be able to behave properly when things go wrong,” Davis explained.

Retired Colonel O’Malley MS Lawrence, CEO of VESSI, and Otis Vah, the Managing Director, expressed their confidence that the training participants are well equipped with the knowledge and understanding of ISPS, in the performance of their duties.

“Based on the training and our post-training interaction with the participants, we are confident that ArcelorMittal port staff are now aware of Port Facility Security Plan procedures and ready to ensure compliance with regulations. required,” Vah said. .

Paul Neh and Philip Boahndao, Conveyor Operators of AML Port Operations, congratulated the company on the opportunity to take another ISPS training since their last training nearly three years ago.

Neh said, “Although this is my second time, the training is like a booster for me. But it’s important because in the last two days I learned a lot of new things and remembered things that I had learned in the past but had forgotten.

Boahndao also stressed the importance of training and promised to be more vigilant to help ensure ISPS compliance among his colleagues.

“I’m going to make sure the things I’ve learned here are put into practice in my job and help others who haven’t taken the training yet to understand some of the things we’ve learned,” said he declared.

The ISPS Code, which entered into force in 2014, has since formed the basis of a comprehensive mandatory security regime for international maritime transport. The Code is divided into two sections, Part A and Part B. Part A, which is mandatory, describes the detailed requirements related to maritime and port security that governments, port authorities and shipping companies must comply with, in order to to comply with the Code. . Part B provides several recommendations on how to meet the requirements and obligations set out in the provisions of Part A.

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