Plan for protection and emergencies

Plan for protection and emergencies


The Presidency and General Management, as well as all the personnel of the Port Authority of Castellón, have a firm commitment to protect human health and life, the care and preservation of the environment, with the sole objective of avoiding any incident that may alter the previous values and the continuity of the operations of the Port and the integrity of its Port Community

The Port of Castellón Self-Protection Plan, drawn up and implemented in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 393/2007, of March 23, which approves the Basic Self-Protection Standard for centres, establishments and dependencies dedicated to activities that may giving rise to emergency situations, also integrates the Internal Emergency Plan (PEI) according to the provisions of RD 145/89, structuring the organization and the necessary means, to deal with and minimize events that may pose a risk situation on life, environment and/or property.

The Port of Castellón Self-Protection Plan reflects and structures the coordination with the Emergency Plans of the different concessions and terminals of the Port, in which the corresponding self-protection measures are established. Similarly, in the Self-protection Plan of the Port of Castellón, integration and coordination with the External Emergency Plan of the Port of Castellón and the PLATEMCAS (Territorial Emergency Plan of Castelló) are contemplated. The integration of the PAU, with the indicated plans, is carried out through a series of media coordination and mobilization documents, in which the liaison and information procedures between them are established, and the corresponding joint actions of direction and command of possible emergencies.

The objectives of the Self-protection Plan of the Port of Castellón are:

  • Evaluation and identification of existing risks.
  • Self-protection in non-licensed Service Areas.
  • Technical assistance from APC security personnel and coordination with concessionaires and terminal companies, in the event of an emergency.
  • Coordination with the Maritime Captaincy when a ship is involved in the emergency.
  • Integration and coordination with the Civil Protection Emergency Plans at the local, PLATEMCAS and regional levels.
  • In relation to possible emergencies in the Service Area dependent on the APC, the Self-Protection Plan of the Port of Castellón defines the organizational structure, responsibilities and decision-making by applying the INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS) method, as well as establishing the protocols of communications and mobilization of own and external resources (municipal firefighters of Castelló, Provincial Council firefighters, company firefighters, AVSRE, security forces, etc.) for the control and minimization of the set of incidents that can materialize in the facilities of the Port of Castellón , so that it is achieved in an efficient way:
    • Protect human life, health and the environment.
    • Prevent, as far as possible, the materialization of incidents or possible emergency situations.
    • Safely control events that may cause an emergency.
    • Minimize damage to the installation and the environment.

The degree of effectiveness and operability of the Self-Protection Plan of the Port of Castellón is evaluated periodically through the development of exercises and drills, which guarantee the effectiveness and operability of the Plan.

Descargar el Manual operativo del Plan de Autoprotección del Puerto de Castellón


The R.D. 393/2007, which approves the Basic Regulations for Self Protection, in centres establishments and properties where the activities carried out may produce emergency situations, establishes the following obligations on those responsible for carrying out those activities:

  1. Draw up a plan of Self Protection according to the minimum defined in Annex II and the criteria contained in section 3.3
  2. Present the Self protection Plan to the department of Public Administration with the authority to issue a licence or permission for activity to be a carried out.
  3. Put in place everything needed to allow the plan to be properly executed if necessary.
  4. Send to the corresponding registry the data indicated in Annex IV
  5. Inform and train personnel about the contents of the self Protection Plan.
  6. Provide the necessary information that will allow the Self Protection Plan to be integrated with other such plans at a higher level, i.e. the Interior Emergency Plan and the plans of the department of ‘Civil Protection’.
  7. Inform the office that issued the licence of any change or modification to the self protection plan.
  8. Collaborate with the relevant authorities within the framework of the relevant Civil Protection regulations.
  9. Inform the Port Authority in good time, of any drills which are to take place.

When the plan is set up, a certificate will be issued which establishes which offices of the Public Administration are competent in this matter.


All concessions and authorisations in the service area of the port, should have their action plans and coordinate these with the Interior Emergency Plan.

Any incident which makes it necessary to activate the Emergency Plan in any concession or authorisation situated in the service area of the port, must be communicated immediately to the Emergency Control Centre of the port Authority, telephone 964 737 202.

Coordination with the concessions.

The PAC has adopted the following prevention and control measures in the case of accident in concession areas:

  • The requirement to follow the regulations concerning material for self protection in each of the concessions and authorisations.
  • The requirement to have Safety Studies and Emergency Plans in concessions in which dangerous materials are stored or handled (affected by R.D. 145/1989).
  • Application of the Self Protection plans of other concessions in the port which are also affected by the Basic Regulations of Self Protection, or other specific regulation to be applied in this situation.
  • Transfer to the Interior Emergency Plan of the Port of Castellón of results obtained by concessions identifying and evaluating accident risk.
  • Coordination between relevant Civil Protection authorities and concessions that may be affected by emergencies.

Coordination between the Port Authority and the Harbour Master’s Office

According to the regulation established in article 128 of R.D. 145/1989, when a vessel is involved in an emergency or at risk of suffering an emergency, full control of operations taken thereafter will be taken by the Harbour Master’s Office.

On that basis, the Interior Emergency Plan will take the following aspects into consideration:

  • Coordination between the Harbour Master’s Office and the PAC, with the aim of examining incidents or accidents involving vessels in the service area of the PAC.
  • For the PAC to be at the disposition of the Harbour Master’s Office to provide support in the case of an emergency involving a vessel and vice versa. Additionally, in an emergency involving an oil spill in the waters of the service area of the port this will be handled according to the Interior Maritime Plan of the Port Authority of Castellón.

Integration and coordination of emergency plans and civil protection plans at a local and regional level  (Regional Plans, Special Plans and Exterior Emergency Plan).

  • Collaboration with competent authorities in Civil Protection matters for the development and implantation of the Exterior Emergency plan of the Port.
  • Immediate notification of competent authorities in Civil Protection matters in case of any emergency in the port.
  • To act under the coordination and direction of the competent authorities in Civil Protection matters as it is laid out in the Exterior Emergency Plan of the Port.
mapa del puerto de Castellón para emergencias portuarias

Centro Integrado de Coordinación de Servicios (C.I.C.S.)

Dicho centro se encuentra ubicado el Centro de Control de Emergencias C.C.E. del puerto. La estructura organizativa del C.C.E. se articula a través del Centro de Coordinación de Servicios donde, en una sola estructura, se engloban las personas que participan en los diversos grupos. Las órdenes de la Dirección de la Emergencia son ejecutadas por los diversos Grupos de Actuación. Desde este centro se coordina y dirige la lucha contra la emergencia, y en él se sitúan la Dirección de la Emergencia, el Comité Asesor, el Gabinete de Prensa y los Jefes de Grupo.

Es el centro que activa el Plan de Avisos en caso de emergencia en la zona de servicio portuario y evalúa la misma, este centro depende de la Autoridad Portuaria de Castellón y de la Sociedad de Salvamento y Seguridad Marítima (SASEMAR), según Convenio de colaboración entre ambas.

Entre las funciones del C.I.C.S., cabe destacar:

  • La seguridad de la vida en el mar.
  • La seguridad de la navegación.
  • La eficiencia de los movimientos de los buques.
  • La protección del medio ambiente marino.
  • La seguridad de las infraestructuras.
  • Dar soporte a los sistemas de seguridad protección marítima.
  • Dar soporte a los servicios de las Autoridades con competencias en el entorno portuario.