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Tanjung Perak Seaport tests
ISPS-Code compliance

The situation at the Surabaya Container Terminal (TPS) of the Tanjung Perak Seaport quickly turned frantic when a receptionist received a bomb threat from an unidentified caller.

After coordinating with the security guards, the police then combed the area. The bomb was believed to be in a parking lot of the con-tainer terminal.

A Gegana bomb disposal officer, clad in an anti-explosive suit, retrieved the bomb and placed it into an explosive bin at the back of a Gegana truck, to be detonated in a safe place.

The bomb went off without incident.

The controlled blast was commended by witnesses of a compliance drill for the International Ships and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code 2009.

Transportation Minister Jusman Syafii Djamal said the exercise was a mandatory obligation, expected to be carried out by all international seaport operators claiming compliance with the ISPS Code.

"The simulation is expected to prepare all seaport personnel to overcome all security problems which can arise anytime and anywhere," he said.

Jusman said some 200 of the nations 300 seaports are ISPS Code compliant.

"We will, however, optimize only around 25 seaports because not all seaports are export-oriented, international seaports," he said.

In addition to the Gegana team, two fire trucks, one ambulance, two evacuation vehicles, three patrol boats and 150 security personnel took part in the exercise.

The obligation to conduct ISPS Code drills is set by the 1974 Solas Amendment, Part A Chpater XI-2 No. 18 on port facility security training, drills and exercises.

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