Darwin Port is responsible for waterside security within the regulated port, extending from the Charles Point Patches & Lee Point Harbour Limits through to West Arm, Middle Arm, East Arm and Hudson Creek. Individual wharf operators are responsible for security within their own facilities.
The DP have a Maritime Security Plan that has been approved by the Office of Transport Security (OTS). As part of our security regime we have introduced:
There are three levels of maritime security that reflect the security situation at the port at any given time.
Level 1 (low) means that the port is operating normally and that the usual day-to-day protective security measures are in place.
Level 2 (medium) means that there is a heightened risk of a security incident occurring and that additional protective security measures will be maintained for a period of time. At this level, access to the port or certain port facilities may be restricted.
Level 3 (high) means that there is a probable or imminent risk of a security incident, and further and specific protective security measures will be maintained for a limited period of time. At this level, access to the port and port facilities will be heavily restricted, and will most likely trigger responses under the National Counter-Terrorism Plan.
The ISPS Code and the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 require anyone entering a port facility to have photo identification. In December 2005 DOTARS (now OTS), implemented a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC) Scheme to ensure the industry has a consistent and secure identity process.