After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, a global movement of prevention of illicit or malicious acts against ships, their crew, passengers, loading, but also against port facilities, their embarking, disembarking and storege areas, was initiated at the instigation of the United States of America.
Moreover, amendments at the international convention of 1974 for the safeguard of human life on the sea, called SOLAS convention, were adopted since 2002 with, in particular the adoption of the « International Ship and Port Facility Security » (ISPS) code enforced since 1 July 2004.
Based on that, extensive works have been undertaken since 2009, to carry out safety evaluations of the facilities, of the safety plans, the zones with restricted access as well as a port safety plan. These provisions of Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes attest for its will to constantly improve the prevention, protection and reaction devices.
Created in 2010, theTraveller Safety and Security Department undertakes framework actions in the areas of safety and security at all the Port Authority’s terminals and in particular in the passenger sector. The purpose is to better prepare port community professionals to respond to crisis situations and to create de facto synergies with Central Government agencies, by putting in place preventive and corrective actions.
The same year, Guadeloupe Port Caraïbes moved to implement in 2010 the progress plans validated by the Regional Prefectoral Authority. The security actions were underlined by the recognition obtained at local, national and international level regarding the progress that has been accomplished. From this perspective, several maritime authorities visited PAG in the course of the year, including the US Coast Guard and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
At the same time, the Port conducted studies in 2012 in order to equip its installations with modern preventive systems like the automatisation of access coupled to the video-surveillance, the whole set being coordinated by a control station of safety / security which will be operational in 2013.
1 X-ray- type device for luggage control in the hold ;
2 X-ray- type devices for hand luggage control (and an additional device ordered for the season 2012/2013) ;
3 gantry cranes for the detection of metals.