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Maritime security

The Transport Security team is responsible for the security of ports, shipping and cargo. This section provides details of the work undertaken in that area and supplies further information on key programmes, initiatives and guidance for industry personnel. It also contains details on the security training of people working in the maritime sector.

Guidelines on security to vessels which do not fall within the scope of the ISPS code

These guidelines are intended to provide information and best practice guidance to member states and other authorities with responsibility for administering non-SolAS vessels, and operators of non-SOLAS vessels.

Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the Coast of Somalia (2 Mb)

Suggested planning and operational practices for owners, Operators, Managers and Masters of ships transiting the Gulf of Aden and off the Coast of Somalia. This document has been produced by representatives of the Maritime Industry and is not formal TRANSEC advice.

11 June 2009
Last update:
13 July 2010

A brief overview of the United Kingdom National Maritime Security Programme

This page provides an overview of the United Kingdom National Maritime Security Programme which TRANSEC is responsible for.

14 May 2008
Last update:
19 January 2011

Update on the port security directive implementation project

A brief update on progress in implementing the port security directive including consultation feedback so far and a summary of work with pilot ports.

02 July 2008

Maritime security training

Information on how to become a PFSO (Port Facility Security Officer) trainer, a list of PFSO training providers and a list of training aids for use by the maritime industry.

Pre-Arrival Notification Procedure

In accordance with the EU Regulation on Enhancing Ship and Port Facility Security 2004 ships intending to enter a UK port must provide answers to security questions before arrival and being granted entry.

05 January 2006
Last update:
14 May 2008

Flowchart for PFSA and PFSP processes (34 kb)

PowerPoint flowchart for Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA) and Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) processes.

20 January 2005
Last update:
14 May 2008

Port Facility Security Plan (205 kb)

MS Word document of the Port Facility Security Plan as issued by Transec.

07 August 2008

Model Ship Security Plan (442 kb)

MS Word document - Model Ship Security Plan.

19 August 2008
Last update:
03 September 2008