It is a UK Government requirement that a security risk assessment for the port is carried out and based on that assessment, a security plan is developed for the whole port. This responsibility is vested in the Great Yarmouth Port Security Authority (GYPSA) which is an independent statutory authority. The Port Company is responsible for ensuring that its facilities comply with the requirements of both the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code and the local requirements of the GYPSA and that ships within Port Limits comply with the requirements of ISPS. The Port has trained Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) to deal with security issues and requirements on both the marine side and ashore. Privately owned or managed berth operators also have PFSOs and security plans to cover the operation of their own berths. The Port liaises with other Berth Operators to ensure that there is a common and cohesive response to security issues specifically related to the Port of Great Yarmouth.
The ISPS Code requires the Port Company to have in place a:
- Port Facility Security Plan to cover marine side of the Port
- Port Facility Security plan for Company operated berths
Under the ISPS Code, each Port Facility must exercise their Plan on a regular basis and the Port Company plays a leading role in arranging and co-ordinating security exercises in order to practice various security scenarios.