ISPS certification and recertification

Before a terminal can be included in the GISIS list of certified terminals, a risk assessment must first be conducted and approved. After which the person responsible for security at the terminal (the PFSO) draws up a security plan (i.e. Port Facility Security Plan, PFSP) which includes all measures and procedures required for compliance with the ISPS code. Following approval of this plan, a certificate is issued that is valid for a maximum term of five years.

On the grounds of the Port Security Act, the Zeeland Port Security assessment team (consisting of staff from the police, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Customs and the Port Authority) conduct risk assessments for the terminals that receive vessels subject to the ISPS code. 

The Assessment team evaluates the plans, surveys the companies and advises the PSO. 

If everything is found to be in order, the PSO will approve the security plan or Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) on behalf of the Mayor of the municipality in question. 

This procedure will be conducted via the MOBI-app.

Local Committee for Maritime Security (LCMB)

In Belgium, both the risk assessment and the security plan approval arebased on the recommendation of the LCMB, a committee in which law enforcement, Customs and the Port Authority all work together. Approval is granted by the National Authority for Maritime Security (NAMB). The ISPS certificate is issued by the responsible Minister.