What are the different security levels as per ISPS Code?

SECURITY LEVEL 1:

Normal, the level at which the ship or port facility normally operates. Security level 1 means the level for which minimum appropriate protective security measures shall be maintained at all times.

SECURITY LEVEL 2:

 Heightened,  the level applying for as long as there is a heightened risk of a security incident.  Security level 2 means the level for which appropriate additional protective security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident.

SECURITY LEVEL 3:

Exceptional, the level applying for the period of time when there is the probable or imminent risk of a security incident. 
Security level 3 means the level for which further specific protective security measures shall be maintained for a limited period of time when a security incident is probable or imminent, although it may not be possible to identify the specific target.

Setting security level 3 should be an exceptional measure applying only when there is credible information that a security incident is probable or imminent.

Security level 3 should only be set for the duration of the identified security threat or actual security incident. While the security levels may change from security level 1, through security level 2 to security level 3, it is also possible that the security levels will change directly from security level 1 to security level 3.

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