Effective from 1 July 2004, the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code became applicable to all ships over 500 GRT and to all the ports that they visit. The Code is administered by governments internationally and is designed to detect and deter acts of terrorism that threaten security in the maritime sector. In New Zealand, the administration authority is the Maritime New Zealand (MNZ). In May 2004, the Port of Napier was the first port in New Zealand to be issued with an MSA Compliance Certificate i.e. this certifies ISPS compliance.


Objective of International Ship & Port Facility Security Code

To prevent terrorist acts by thwarting unauthorised access to wharves, cargo sheds, marshalling areas, cargo storage areas, buildings and vessels and/or the tampering with cargo, stores and baggage by the prior notification and positive identification of all persons and property within the Port.



ISPS International Ship & Port Facility Security Code
SSO Ship Security Officer
SSP Ship Security Plan
CSO Company Security Officer
DoS Declaration of Security
PFSO Port Facility Security Officer
PSP Port Security Plan
NOVA Notice of Vessel's Arfival (NS Advanced Notice of Arrival Form)


Security Levels

Level 1 "normal" level, where the minimum appropriate security emasures are maintained 
Level 2  "heightened" level, where there is a risk of a security incident and additional protective measures are implemented 
Level 3   "maximum" level, where a security threat is probable or imminent


A ship can query a port prior to its arrival to ascertain at which level the port is operating. Similarly, a ship can declare their level of security is at a higher level than usual and expect the port to raise their level of security to match that expected by the vessel; this is negotiated by a Declaration of Security (DoS).


Declaration of Security

Is required on the initiation of the Master, Ships Security Officer, Port Facility Security Officer or Maritime Safety Authority to address the security requirements that are required between the Port of Napier Ltd and that vessel.  This states the responsibility of each party - with any additional security costs to be borne by the vessel - when…


Agent’s Role

Agents are required to submit at least 24 hours before arrival, a NOVA (Notice of Vessel’s Arrival) for all arriving vessels. Additionally, a list noting the following is to be advised at least 24 hours in advance of the expected arrival:

The above to be emailed to the Port of Napier PSFO:

Fax:          +64 (6) 833 4434 and +64 (6) 833 4441


Vessel’s Role

If no agent has been appointed, the vessel is to provide the above information as specified in the Agent’s Role as well as the following:

NB: Compliance with the Port Security Plan or entering in to a Declaration of Security will incur additional security costs which will be invoiced to the Agent or Vessel Owner under Port of Napier Standard Terms and Conditions.

Service Providers Role (Stevedores, Provedores, Chandlers, Surveyors, Repairers, etc)

Within the Port boundary is considered to be a Customs, MPI and ISPS designated area: access is conditional upon the right of search of vehicles and baggage.

Photo Identification for personnel is required at all times.

Stores must be prior notified with a Customs Export Order to:

Fax:                +64 (6) 833 4434 and +64 (6) 8334441


Visitors and Passengers

Within the Port boundary is considered to be a Customs, MPI and ISPS designated area: access is conditional upon the right of search of vehicles and baggage.

Prior notice of visitors and passengers to be made to at least 24 hours before arrival of the vessel matched with a photo identity check against the name at the gatehouse by Port Security, upon entry to the Port.

The Ships Pass system still operates and only the Master is certified to the sign passes. All visitors must have some form of Photo Identification.


Acceptable Photo Identification

  1. For the purpose of controlling access to ships, port facilities, and port security areas, the following credentials are acceptable for the purpose of establishing identity:
    1. A military identification card
    2. An identification card issued by a New Zealand government department, government agency, or the New Zealand Defence Force
    3. A driver’s license issued by the New Zealand Land Transport Safety Authority
    4. A seafarer’s identity document issued by a contracting government or flag state administration
    5. A valid passport
    6. An identification credential issued by a port facility operator
    7. An identification credential issued by a recognized company, union, or trade association
    8. Other forms of identification approved by the Chief Executive, Port of Napier Ltd
  2. A Photo Identity is only acceptable if it contains:
    1. The holder’s full name; and
    2. The holder’s photograph; and
    3. The name of the issuing authority
  3. The identification must be protected against being tampered with (for example, be laminated).


Critical contacts

Scott Bernie +64 (6) 835 4889
Security Hotline +64 (6) 833 4440
Duty PFSO Jim MacDonald
  Port of Napier Security Services Ltd
Mobile +64 (21) 264 1930
Postal Addres Port of Napier Ltd
  P.O. Box 947
  Napier 4140
CSO & PFSO's Bruce Lochhead, Port Services Manager, Port of Napier Ltd
  Helen Jackson, Marine Services, Port of Napier Ltd 
  Samantha MacDonald, Security Officer, Port of Napier Security Services Ltd 
Name Port of Napier Security Services Ltd
Postal Address c/- Port of Napier Ltd
Telephone (DDI) +64 (6) 833 4440 
Fax +64 (6) 833 4434
Mairne VHF CH.16 "Napier Harbour Control (Monitor Ch. 12) 
IMO Numnber NZNPE-24070-1104 
ID Number 24070 
UN Locator Code NZNPE 
Port Facility Assigned No. 1104