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Best Practices - General Information

The United States Coast Guard, International Port Security Program (IPSP) has been collecting examples of maritime security best practices from facilities around the world. They are presented here so that facilities may learn from one another, align their security practices, and to encourage bilateral or multilateral discussions between nations. Special emphasis is placed on sharing low cost security practices or innovative applications that can have a significant impact on facility security. Selected best practices will be published and updated on this site on an ongoing basis. Photographs of best practices will be included whenever possible to best illustrate the practice.

Best Practices Updates 2016

Listed here, by BP number and title, are the latest additions to the BP site.

Best Practices Type - Access Control

This listing of Best Practices highlights innovative methods to control access to secure port facilities.

Best Practices Type - Communications

Best Practices related to port facility communications.

Best Practices Type - Documents & Forms

Best Practices related to port facility document & forms.

Best Practices Type - Electronic Surveillance

Best Practices related to port facility electronic surveillance.

Best Practices Type - Guards & Police

Best Practices related to port facility guards and police.

Best Practices Type - Lighting

Best Practices related to port facility lighting.

Best Practices Type - Perimeter Control

Best Practices related to port facility perimeter control.

Best Practices Type - Security Infrastructure

Best Practices related to port facility security infrastructure.

Best Practices Type - Training & Procedures

Best Practices associated with Port Security Training and or Security Procedures observed to have enhanced facility security.

Port Security Risk Assessment Tool (PSRAT)

The Port Security Risk Assessment Tool (PSRAT) was developed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a risk assessment tool enabling users to assess terrorism risk facing targets within their area of responsibility. Included here is the PSRAT User's Manual and the tool created as a Microsoft Access 2000 based application. This database can be used as a template for other government entities own risk assessment purposes.