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State says within six months, all ports will have international security protocol

Cancun, Q.R. — State officials say that within six months, all ports in Quintana Roo will have international security code protocol to strengthen the security of the state maritime terminals.

The general director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), Alicia Ricalde, says that within six months, the ports of Quintana Roo will be the first in Mexico to have the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) protocol.

She says the ISPS is being reserved for routes to the interior of the country, which currently only cover international routes.

Ricalde said that in recent days, authorities of the three levels of government held working meetings in Mexico City, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel in which they agreed on various actions to strengthen the security of shipping terminals.

The move comes after explosives were found on two Barcos Caribe ferries.

One of the new agreed security measures is the incorporation of 30 Federal Preventive Police to monitor facilities of the maritime terminal of San Miguel where Apiqroo will support police them with food and lodging. The other will be the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) protocol.

The General Director of Ports, Alejandro Hernández Cervantes, along with other state heads worked to come up with a diagnosis of risks in the maritime terminals of Quintana Roo. A team of experts participated in the risk analysis, she said.

With a cost of 40 million peso, the state will purchase the equipment and train personnel to use and manage the new facilities at the port terminals.

According to the International Maritime Association, the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities.

The Code takes the approach that ensuring the security of ships and port facilities is a risk management activity and that, to determine what security measures are appropriate, an assessment of the risks must be made in each particular case.

The Code has security levels that range from 1, normal to 3, which is considered exceptional when there is probable or imminent risk of a security incident.