Atlantic, Petrotrin and TCL join forces to strengthen their security strategies

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October 20, 2016: Port security officials from Atlantic, Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (PETROTRIN) and Trinidad Cement Limited (TCL) combined efforts to strengthen their security strategies by staging an International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) seminar at PETROTRIN’s Pointe-a-Pierre Club today, Thursday 2016 October 20.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is a comprehensive suite of preventative measures that enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to perceived
threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States. In Trinidad and Tobago, the ISPS Code was given effect by enactment of the Shipping (Ship and Port Facility Security)
Regulations, which govern operations at coastal port facilities, including those operated by Atlantic, Petrotrin and TCL.

The one-day seminar themed “Secure Ports = Safer Trinidad and Tobago”, saw a cadre of competent speakers including: Commodore Garnet Best (Ret’d); Colonel George Robinson (Ret’d) and Major Carlstien Lutchmedial, who presented on topics ranging from The Importance of the ISPS Code and its Implications for National Security; Recognition and Detection of Weapons, Dangerous Substances and Devices and Recognition of a Non-discriminatory Basis of Characteristics and Behavioural Patterns of Persons who are Likely to Threaten Security.

Mr. Neil Derrick, Vice President Human Resources & Corporate Services (PETROTRIN), delivered the Welcome Address, and Marine Ship Safety and Port Facility Security Unit (MSSPFSU) Commander, Lt. Cmdr. Zin Mark-King conveyed Opening Remarks. Mr. Henley Harewood, Vice President of Health, Safety, Security and Environment (Atlantic) also delivered an address and Mr. Rawle Sylvester; Chief Security Officer (Ag.) ended the day’s proceedings with Closing Remarks. 

Following the presentations, a group workshop session facilitated interaction amongst the attendees who represented the major port facilities in Trinidad and Tobago, along with personnel from the protective services. They were able to share expertise and examine international best practices relative to ISPS.

In addition to gaining further insights, heightened awareness and an increased knowledge of port security, all participants received Certificates of Participation at the end of today’s programme.



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