Port Security

port-security1Ports hold important positions as nodes in the global supply chain, hubs in the transport network and as border management locations. Ports can be conceptualised as geographic sites encapsulating a variety of vessels, facilities and associated practices, which, in security terms, could be both targets of criminality and violence and/or vulnerable spaces exploited by those with the intent to commit criminal and violent acts elsewhere. Collectively ports and associated coastal areas can have considerable political, economic, social and cultural significance; ensuring the security of these spaces is a prominent issue to be examined. We look at the threats associated with ports and consider the most appropriate ways in which port security can be enhanced and sustained.