Guaranteeing safety in the ports of Valencia, Sagunto and Gandía is a main objective of the Port Authority of Valencia in close collaboration with administrations responsible for police protection, civil protection, fire prevention, rescue operations and the fight against pollution.
Port operations, port services, maintenance and upkeep are all centralised to ensure improved coordination which enables the PAV to reduce accident rates to a large extent. The Emergency Control Centre (ECC) is the tool through which the Port Authority of Valencia undertakes this coordination. The ECC monitors port activities 24/7, 365 days a year. Decisions that need to be made about safety and security issues and the management of emergencies can be taken thanks to the information the Centre has at its disposal.
A series of emergency drills and emergency plan activation exercises are carried out to ensure that the necessary equipment is always ready to be used and that staff are well trained to respond to any adverse situation. These exercises and drills are meticulously planned and prepared and subsequently assessed and updated to ensure that the Port Authority’s staff training and emergency plans are constantly improved.
From the viewpoint of Port Security, the PAV is regulated by the provisions of all international standards (PBIP Code, Regulation (CE) No. 725/2004, Directive 2005/65/CE, etc.) and national legislation (Act 27/1992, Act 48/2003 modified by 33/2010, Royal Decree 1617/2007, Regulations, Local Laws, etc.) regarding the security of vessels and ports.
The PAV is the security authority in all areas under its management. In addition:
- It is responsible for controlling accesses, drawing up security procedures, evaluation and the port security plan, constituting and maintaining Security Consulting Committees, etc.
- The PAV has port facility security plans and has successfully passed security evaluations for the Port of Valencia as a whole.
- The PAV also participates in North American initiatives for the control of illicit goods via the CSI (Container Security Initiative), which includes risk analysis of containers circulating in the port.
- The PAV is the only Spanish port authority with an integral radioactivity detection control in place throughout the port precinct (MEGAPORTS initiative) with detectors at the access and departure gates of the Port of Valencia.