ISPS-certification for your port facility

Do you wish to receive ships subject to the ISPS code (i.e. international sea-going ships of 500 tons or more) at your port facility? In that case, your port facility must be ISPS-certified in accordance with the Port Security Act (in Dutch). ISPS certification involves a security assessment (risk analysis) by an audit team. Based on the security assessment, measures must be taken and implemented and described in a Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP).


How to apply for ISPS certification

Your application for ISPS certification is supported by the MOBI web application. If you don’t have a user account for this application then please contact the Port of Amsterdam, Harbour Masters's Division, and request for a user account and for your port facility to be added to MOBI Application.

View a video about the Mobi here.

The certification application consists of  the following basic 4 steps:

Step 1: Application

The first step in the certification procedure is to submit an application or reapplication for certification within MOBI. Log in to MOBI, navigate to the certification page and fill out and submit the online questionnaire for certification.

If you are a port facility that hasn’t been certified before, then also upload your latest Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) using the upload button on the certification page.

If you are an existing port facility, then check whether the PFSP in MOBI is the latest version. If not, then make sure you update the security plan using the upload button on the certification page.

Step 2: Security Assessment

The audit team will carry out a security assessment of your facility based on your application, your facility’s present security plan and your facility’s physical security measures. For the latter the audit team will visit your port facility. As a result of the assessment, MOBI will generate an assessment report consisting of three risk analysis (general, quantitative and qualitative analysis) and an action list for improvements, if any. The assessment report is a decree on behalf of the designated authority (the mayor of the port’s municipality). In MOBI you’ll be able both read and download the assessment report and its action list.

Step 3: Improvements

Based on the assessment and its action list you must improve your port facility security plan and/or measures.  You are able to submit your improvements in MOBI, which then are evaluated and approved by the audit team. Also, if you make any changes to your security plan, you must upload the new version of the plan.

Step 4: Certification

If all actions of the assessment’s action plan are addressed, the audit team will advise the designated authority to issue a certificate for your port facility. The certificate will be valid for a period of maximum five years. In some cases the certification will be valid for a shorter period. If this is the case, the audit team will always discuss the reasons for a shorter period with you. In MOBI you’ll be able to read and download your facility’s port security certificate.


Should you have any questions about the certification procedure, please send us an email or contact the Harbour Master's Division.


Your requirements are the following

As a Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO), you are required to conduct security plan drills and exercises. A guideline has been issued on this topic. The guideline describes what is expected from you and how you should comply with the exercise requirements.

Download the Guideline for ISPS exercises (in Dutch).

Any security incident on your terminal (the cutting of a fence, for instance) must be reported as soon as possible. Non-urgent incidents should be reported to the National Police Force on telephone number +31 900 88 44. For urgent incidents, call the emergency number 112. In both cases, the incident must also be reported to the Port Security Supervisors via If your facility is no longer able to handle in accordance with the procedures stated in your Port Facility Security Plan, you should report that to the Port Security Supervisors via telephone number +312 0523 4802.

For cyber incidents click here.


Legislation and Information

More information about ISPS related legislation is given on the following pages:


ISPS approved terminals

An overview of ISPS certified terminals is given on You'll be able to create a free account here.

Port ID Nummers

Port Port ID UN Locator
Amsterdam   22435 NLAMS
Beverwijk 16592 NLBEV
IJmuiden 22851 NLIJM
Velsen 25282 NLVEL
Zaandam 22337 NLZAA