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The Port of Sunderland is fully compliant under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) for protection categories “Other Bulk Cargoes” (OBC) and “Chemical, Oil, Gas” (COG).

port of sunderland securitySecurity services are delivered by ISS Facility Services Security as part of its contract with Sunderland City Council. Uniformed officers provide 24-hour access control and maintain CCTV surveillance and mobile patrols within the port estate.

The company is accredited to the National Security Inspectorate Guarding Gold and Security Industry Authority Approved Contractor schemes.

Additional security measures, such as ship’s gangway and watchman duties, can be facilitated by the port on request.

port of sunderland securityRegular visitors to the port are required to be issued with photographic identity badges and vehicle passes by the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO). Other visitors are subject to the issue of temporary and visitor passes. Means of identification may be requested.

It is a condition of entry to the port estate that all vehicles are liable to be searched.

Liaison is maintained with the Sunderland City Area Command, Marine Unit and other specialist departments of Northumbria Police, whose officers undertake frequent visits to the port.

project kracken

The Port of Sunderland and Sunderland Partnership are among organisations working in partnership with Northumbria Police to help combat waterborne terrorist and criminal activity.

Part of the Government’s National Counter Terrorist Strategy, CONTEST, Project Kraken aims to increase vigilance along the UK coastline and within ports and harbours, by encouraging the maritime community to report suspicious or unusual behaviour.

As the maritime gateway to the City of Sunderland, the Port of Sunderland plays a vital role in making the region a safer place to live and work.

Click here for further information on the Project Kraken initiative.

Contact details:


Gatehouse (Barrack Street entrance):
Tel: 0191 553 2133
Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO):
Tel: 0191 553 2147


Emergency: Tel: 999 or 112
Non-emergency: Tel: 03456 043 043