Cass Business School, City University, London

Project Description

The impact of ISPS implementation on a port facility

Project Abstract

Ports and Ships, as key elements of international trade, received immediate attention. Although, the general concept that prevailed initially in order to cope with the challenge was the increase of cargo and people inspection, soon enough it was realised that security had to be incorporated in the system. International Maritime Organization approached the matter with the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code or ISPS. Full compliance with the code had to be obtained by ports in a global scale, by the 1st of July 2004.

The code dictates some major changes in the operation of Ports and Ships, which bring equipment and personnel needs. As a result the cost that a port has to bear in order to comply with ISPS is potentially big. Additionally the mandatory nature of the measure underlines the importance of these costs.

The anticipated privatization of the 12 biggest sea ports in Greece will have huge impacts on the organizational and economical functions of the Geek Port Authorities. Furthermore, these ports, in spite of being ISPS complied, they only fulfil the minimum security standards. Consequently, a potential full compliance will pose a big challenge. Motivated by these developments and recognising that organizational and cost planning techniques will be essential under the new port governance, we decided to undertake a research on the ´┐ŻEvaluation of the impact of ISPS Code on a Port Facility´┐Ż.

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