Company security officers comprise the Security Committee and facilitate experience sharing among members on important security issues. This Committee helps members better engage in discussions on voluntary measures and local requirements.
Post the 9-11 attacks in New York, most of global shipping, including ferry services are governed by security regulations agreed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) under the so called ISPS Code.
This set of requirements is based on typical cargo operations, rather than the movement of thousands of passengers to and from a ferry. Interferry is in close cooperation with interested parties, most notably the European Commission, to assess if additional measures could be considered, with a view to ascertain the lowest possible security risk to our passengers. In general, the ferry industry does not wish to pursue an airport style security scheme, but we are cognizant that potential individual acts of unrest may warrant more extensive measures than what we have been used to. Operators will assess the risks posed to their operations, in co-operation with local authorities.
The Interferry Security Committee works to share different practices between the members, but unlike safety issues, security in the industry is so localized that any one-size-fits-all solutions will be inefficient and even counter-productive.