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Achieving harmonized port security training in Europe: a critical review of EU legislative frameworks
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
University of Borås, School of Engineering.
2013 (English)In: Journal of Transportation Security, ISSN 1938-7741, E-ISSN 1938-775XArticle in journal (Refereed)
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Abstract Ports are complex, multiple-stakeholder environments representing the entrance point of intercontinental sea shipments into a country. Because ports are areas where large amounts of goods converge, they play a strategic role in a country’s security and economic sustenance. Consequently different stakeholders interact to ensure that cargo handling operations are optimized and cost-effective, e.g. international shipping, logistics companies, trading communities, and regulatory bodies. In this context security threats assume a special relevance, since ports could be exploited by criminal organizations to smuggle illicit goods into a country or by terrorists planning an attack. To eliminate or mitigate these risks human resources need to be correctly trained and educated. In addition, the competent authorities need to ensure that the same level and quality of training is delivered to all port facilities providing access to a country or a continent. Unfortunately, experts believe that in the EU there is a lack of harmonization of courses and quality assurance systems. Hence, the aim of this study is to review existing regulatory frameworks and assess whether guidance is provided to harmonize security training and education in port facilities. Thereafter, based on the experience developed within other sectors, where harmonization of training and education courses in the EU has been successfully achieved, we make recommendations for improvement of the existing frameworks. The article concludes by summarizing the findings and indicating implications for managers and researchers.

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Springer New York LLC , 2013.
Keyword [en]
Port Security, Port Security Training, ISPS, Maritime Security, Training and Education, Vocational Education and training, Supply Chain Security, Transport Security, Transport Security, Supply Chain Security, Training and Education
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Economics and Business Law Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-1591DOI: 10.1007/s12198-013-0123-1Local ID: 2320/12546OAI: diva2:869660


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