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Chattogram Port is the main seaport of Bangladesh located on the bank of river Karnafuli, and the core port of Bangladesh. According to Lloyd's, it ranked as the 58th busiest container port in the world in 2019 Located in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong and on the banks of the Karnaphuli River, the port of Chittagong handles 90% of Bangladesh's export-import trade, and has been used by India, Nepal and Bhutan wish to join for transshipment. The port is one of the oldest in the world.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) states that "The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) 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 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States" (IMO). Development and implementation were sped up drastically in reaction to the September 11, 2001 attacks and the bombing of the French oil tanker Limburg. The U.S. Coast Guard, as the lead agency in the United States delegation to the IMO, advocated for the measure. The Code was agreed at a meeting of the 108 signatories to the SOLAS convention in London in December 2002. The measures agreed under the Code were brought into force on July 1, 2004.
The Port of Chittagong is an International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) compliant port since 16 June 2004. For Security Reasons, the formulation of the Port Security Advisory Committee (PSAC) was important. As per International Maritime Organization (IMO) guideline, PSAC is comprised of National, Local Government & Security Agencies, Police and Emergency Services, Workers representatives, ship operator representatives, commercial concerns & tenants, trade associations, other relevant parties & the port security officer (PSO and The Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO).
The Director (Security) holds the appointment of PSO of Chittagong Area, whereas, the Deputy Director (Security) from the Bangladesh Navy is the PFSO to perform the responsibilities to comply with the ISPS Code. Compliance of ISPS code and associated matters are administered by the directorate general of Shipping under the Ministry of Shipping as the Chairman of Designated Authority (DA) Committee.
According to the amendment of SOLAS convention 1974, Chapter XI-2:
As part of the continuous security improvement, The new surveillance system comes in as CCTV Command and Control Center for the largest Sea port in the country. Divine IT Limited is the proud IT & Security Company that built the nation's largest security control center and handed it over to Chittagong Port authority.
Rear Admiral S M Abul Kalam Azad, Chairman of Chittagong Port Authority inaugurates the Command & Control Center, Ashraf Uddin (Deputy Managing Director), Amanat Ullah Rupok (Head of Operations, Security Implementation), Niaj Imran (Project Manager, Security Implementation) along with other team members present in the occasion.
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