Maritime Security Instruments in Practice: a Critical Review of the Implementation of ISPS Code in the Port of Hong Kong

The 9/11 terrorist attack has uncovered the fragility of the transportation system which can lead to unprecedented disruption of the global trade system. In responding to such a challenge, various security enhancement instruments have been introduced by the international community, notably the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) Code. Although various works on maritime security had been undertaken, works dedicated to port security outside developed, western economies, like Asia, remained very scarce, where comprehensive review on how such international guidelines can be applied in a local perspective was found wanting. Hence, focusing on the port of Hong Kong, this paper critically reviews how the ISPS Code has been promulgated and implemented in a local perspective. This paper argues that the port of Hong Kong is largely a follower rather than an innovator in complying with the ISPS Code and that port security is perceived as more a problem to solve rather than an opportunity to innovate. This paper can provide valuable insight on the problems, obstacles and solutions when promulgating and implementing maritime security instruments to different global regions.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 334-348
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2009 - Post-Financial Tsunami: The Way Forward for Shipping, Transport and International Trade, 24 - 27 May 2009, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01362612
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623676533
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 2012 10:14AM