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Port security and flooding
Raes, J.; Merckx, C. (2004). Port security and flooding, in: Flooding, the next generation = Overstromingen, de toekomstige generatie [CD-ROM]. pp. 27 slides
In: (2004). Flooding, the next generation = Overstromingen, de toekomstige generatie [CD-ROM][s.n.][s.l.]. 1 cd-rom pp., more

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    Flooding; Harbours; Security; ANE, Belgium [Marine Regions]; Marine; Brackish water; Fresh water

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    The first part outlines the efforts made by the Federal Public Service Home Affairs in order torealise a federal urgency plan for natural disasters.First we mention the January 31st 2003 Royal Decree that determines the general procedure fordrawing up a phase 4 urgency plan. Next we highlight the Liège University FRISK research on riskidentification and analysis (Federal Risk Inventory, Survey and Knowledge building). We illustratehow a particular phase 4 plan for natural disasters comes about, especially focussing our attentionon the floods aspect and on the way in which information is distributed between all the servicesconcerned.In the second part of the presentation we focus on ports’ security. After the terrorist attacks ofSeptember 11, 2001 and March 11, 2004, it should be clear to everybody that terrorism does notlimit itself to a unique kind of transport. The Belgian government has decided to take extra securitymeasures within the framework of the fight against terrorism to ensure the safety of the Belgianseaports.The ISPS code (International Ship and Port-facility Security) and the European Directive becameeffective in all ports all over the world on July 1st 2004. The Belgian government has embedded thisISPS code in a Royal Decree. This results concretely in a range of compelling rules that shouldprotect all ships and ports against terrorist attacks. The federal authority has chosen for anapproach that is similar to the civil aviation security approach by installing permanent structures.By now, the majority of the Belgian port facilities comply with the standards of the ISPS code.To attend a satisfactory security level it will nevertheless be necessary to submit the whole chain oftransport to certain rules. However, work in this area has just begun. Inevitably this work will havemajor repercussions on transport and on the economy.

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