Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

Living Edition
| Editors: Lauren R. Shapiro, Marie-Helen Maras

Public-Private Partnerships: Port Security

  • Pierre-Luc PomerleauEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_292-1

Definition

Port security refers to security and law enforcement measures employed to safeguard port assets (vessels, harbors, facilities, cargos, employees, visitors) from natural and man-made threats, as well as from criminal activities.

Introduction

The security of maritime transportation is essential for the international economic well-being and as such is one of the subsectors in the critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure refers to a vital system that performs a specific function in society, “whose cessation or destruction would have a significant impact” (Curt and Tacnet 2018, p. 2441). According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2017), 80% of global trade by volume and more than 70% by value is carried on ships and handled by seaports worldwide (p. 61). Mega ports across Asia, North America, and Europe provide the primary maritime system for most of the world. Maritime shipping, like other transportation systems, faces several challenges in...

Keywords

Port security Port threats Public-private partnerships Information sharing Critical infrastructure Supply chain Security networks 
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Further Readings

  1. Bright, D., & Whelan, C. (2018). On the relationship between goals, membership and network design in multi-agency “fusion” centres. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management.  https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-05-2018-0070.
  2. Quigley, K., Bisset, B., & Mills, B. (2017). Too critical to fail: How Canada manages threats to critical infrastructure. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.ca/Too-Critical-Fail-Manages-Infrastructure/dp/0773551611/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548361193&sr=1-1&keywords=too+critical+to+fail

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Business Administration – Homeland Security and Leadership PolicyNorthcentral UniversitySan DiegoUSA