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Port Security Policy

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is the statutory harbour authority for the Port of London. It has also been designated a “strategic authority” by the UK Government in respect of the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. This role includes responsibilities in respect of security matters in the wider port environment and impacts directly on the PLA’s internal security culture and arrangements.

Under the ISPS legislation, the PLA is obliged to:

  • Develop and maintain an appropriate PLA port security plan, which meets the requirements of the ISPS Code. Co-ordinate, communicate and facilitate the implementation of security measures required by the plan to the port community as appropriate;
  • Support the Thames Port Security Authority which comprises representatives of relevant port facility groups together with advisers from a number of relevant regulators, agencies and other interested parties within the Port of London;
  • Provide up to date advice, best practice and information on current security developments and on the implementation of the PLA's port security plan to the port community;
  • Undertake security training and testing of the PLA port security plan, and where necessary, co-ordinate the overall port response to a security incident; and
  • Ensure the effective management and resourcing of internal security arrangements in order to meet the requirements of the PLA port security plan.

In addition, in the wider context of the PLA’s commitment to, and co-operation on security matters in the region, it is Board Policy that the PLA shall contribute effectively, as required and as circumstances permit:

  • as a key player in the Thames and Dover Police Portal Group, providing information, support and resources to the Group as appropriate; and
  • to the co-ordination and improvement of national initiatives to deter, prevent and compromise maritime terrorist action.