ANTIGUA CRUISE PORT CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL SECURITY TRAINING FOR OVER 100 PORT USERS

Antigua Cruise Port successfully trained over 100 stakeholders in its most recent International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Training Seminar. These sessions were held on Tuesday 16th November and Friday 19th November 2021 respectively. ACP’s Health & Safety Officer, Mr. Andre Norton, was the sole facilitator of the training.

The ISPS Code is an essential international structure and security measure used to regulate and control the safety and security of all ship and port users on an international scale. This agreement is made between Contracting Governments, Government agencies, local administrations and shipping and port industries and is implemented to detect security threats as well as to take preventative action against security incidents which could in turn affect international ships or port facilities. Therefore, the ISPS training is to ensure the implementation of the requirements for port facility personnel without designated security duties based on the relevant provisions of the ISPS Code, B/18.3 and the Maritime Safety Committee MSC.1/Circ.1341 Section 4.

“The purpose of this training is to ensure that all port personnel, can contribute to the enhancement of maritime security through sensitization and awareness of security threats and know how to detect and deter security incidents, as security of the port is everyone’s business,” said Mr. Norton. “The sessions were well received, and the participants were quite pleased with the knowledge that was imparted to them.”

The stakeholders were inclusive of tour operators such as Tropical Adventures, Heavenly Tours and The Rendezvous Company Ltd., while the St. John’s Taxi Association also came out in their numbers. Similar training exercises will continue over a period of time to ensure that all stakeholders are aware and knowledgeable of the introductory port security protocols.

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ABOUT ANTIGUA CRUISE PORT  


Located İn St. John’s harbor, Antigua Cruise Port is the gateway to the city, serving over 800,000 passengers annually. The port will be redeveloped under the Antigua Cruise Port Development Project through a 30-year lease agreement between the Government of Antigua & Barbuda and Global Ports Holding. The newest pier constructed at the port, which was completed in November 2020, can accommodate Oasis Class vessels, making it possible for the destination to serve as many as 1 million cruise passengers per year. The new port will also have brand-new retail and food and beverage facilities, plus an additional 50,000 sq. ft. of commercial space to be leased to Antiguans and Barbudans.

Antigua Cruise Port launched operations in October 2019. Learn more about Antigua Cruise Port at www.antiguacruiseport.com.

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