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ISPS Code and the Challenges in Securing Critical Port Infrastructure in the Middle East

ISPS code is accepted as the legal and industry standard for securing critical port facilities around the globe. Critical government, semi government and private facilities aim to follow the guidelines of the ISPS code to not only adhere to legal requirements but also to ensure security of their assets and investments. Security professionals, however, are mostly faced with multi-faceted and multi-dimensional challenges in the implementation of ISPS Code mostly arising due to the generic way the security requirements are expressed in the code; regional challenges and cultural sensitivities; and the difference in approach of various organizations within same geographical boundaries in handling security risks. The presentation will aim to identify these challenges in detail and offer viable solutions for security professionals in the Middle East.


Mr Ali Pirzada, Senior Offsite Security Specialist, Qatargas Operating Company Limited, Qatar

A Security and Risk professional with a Master’s Degree from University of Leicester, UK. He has worked for over a decade as a commissioned officer of Pakistan Army and resigned as a Major to pursue and enhance his repertoire as a thorough security professional. He had a short stint in an International Security Service Provider in Pakistan before relocating to Qatar and joining an International LNG company as a senior security member of the team. He is a PFSO and has been dealing with Port security issues for last 5 years. He is also a Chartered Security Professional and understands the challenges faced by ports around the world especially in the Middle East.