4TH ANNUAL ISPS CODE PORT USERS AWARENESS TRAINING
HELD THURSDAY 22ND AND FRIDAY 23RD MAY, 2014
The Ports Authority held its 4th Annual International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Awareness Training for Port Users on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd May, 2014, at the National Stadium. The training was designed to provide persons, in particular, port users, who interface with activities at the ports (cargo/cruise) with basic information in respect of the security at port facilities and the requirements of the ISPS Code.
A total of 41 persons attended the training. Participants included tour guides, taxi operators, water taxis operators and cargo brokers, among other persons. Certificates of participation will be issued to all participants.
The training was facilitated by the National Port Facility Security Officer, Mr. Don McKenzie, Sgt. Francis James, Sgt. Allan Mitchell and Mr. Lazarus Joseph, Senior Pilot.
Date:26th May, 2014
The International Ship and Port Facility Security System (ISPS) Code, considers all the security aspects of ship repair, docking and other related services. Prevention of illegal acts against Grenada Ports Authority premises, workforce, customers, visitors and port facilities in compliance with all rules and regulations of Grenada, ISPS, SOLAS and other appropriate international standards are of paramount importance to us.
With more than a quarter of a century of service to the nation behind it, The Grenada Ports Authority (GPA) is today better equipped than ever to play a major role in the economy of the nation.
Recent initiatives and investments by the GPA have been designed to boost Grenada’s potential for cargo handling, the cruise sector and tourism. All of these bring direct benefits to the economy and people of the island.
The GPA played a crucial role in the island’s recovery after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, handling most of the incoming relief and construction supplies. The authority was also instrumental in restoring the cruise industry just two months later and providing a valuable injection of cash into the economy as the nation struggled to cope with the aftermath of the hurricane.
The Grenada Ports authority is principally responsible for the administration and operation of the port of St. George’s. It also has jurisdiction over Prickly Bay, St. David’s Harbour and Grenville, on the main island of Grenada, as well Tyrrel Bay and Hillsborough, on the neighbouring island of Carriacou.
The GPA is a statutory organization controlled by the Minister of Finance, who appoints the chairman and board of directors. Its main functions are:
- To administer and operate Grenada’s seaports
- To regulate and control navigation
- To maintain, improve and regulate the ports and their services
- To provide pilotage services and navigational aids for the ports and approaches
- To administer the provisions of the Shipping Act
- To act as a focal point for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the IOPC Funds
- To administer the provisions of the Yachting Act.
Since 2000 the GPA has had jurisdiction over all 200 stevedores working in the port. The GPA provides a range of services including:
- receipt, storage and delivery of cargo
- Cargo sorting
- Chart sales
- Container rentals
- Delivery of containers to consignees’ premises
- Hire of cargo handling equipment
- Mooring bouys
- Mooring or running lines
- Stuffing and stripping
- Sales of fresh water