Contracting Governments shall set security levels and provide guidance for protection from security incidents. Higher security levels indicate greater likelihood of occurrence of a security incident. Factors to be considered in setting the appropriate security level include:
- the degree that the threat information is credible;
- The degree that the threat information is corroborated;
- the degree that the threat information is specific or imminent; and
- the potential consequences of such a security incident
Contracting Governments, when they set security leveL3 shall issue, as necessary, appropriate instructions and shall provide security-related information to the ships and port facilities that may be affected. Contracting Governments shall determine when a Declaration of Security is required by assessing the risk the ship/port interface or ship-to ship activity poses to persons, property or the environment.