Assessment of the Effect of the Implementation of International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code on Port Operations (A Case Study of Tin Can Island Port Complex)

Donatus Onwuegbuchunam, Moses Olatunde Aponjolosun, Olatunbosun Sunday Ajayi


This paper was based on the assessment of the effect of ISPS code implementation on port operation using the Tin-can Island port as a case study. Data were mainly sourced from Tin-can Island Annual port report of port operational statistics. Sequence plots statistical tool was employed to depict the trend of vessel traffic flow, berth occupancy rate, cargo throughput and vessel turnaround from 1994-2013 which covered a period of 20 years representing both pre and post implementation era of ISPS code. Four hypotheses were formulated and tested using the t-test statistic of difference of means with the help of computer based software known as SPSS version 21. It was discovered that the implementation of ISPS code did not lead to decrease in vessel traffic, berth occupancy rate, and cargo throughput. However, there was decrease in vessel turnaround time. It was recommended that there should be more collaborative effort between NIMASA and relevant security agencies in ensuring full implementation of the ISPS code. Also it was recommended that there should be training for personnel involved in the implementation of ISPS code.

Keywords: ISPS code, Port operations, Ship, NIMASA and Port.

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