New renewable fuel plant

A regional oil company builds a new plant for renewable diesel in the Netherlands. Which threats and risks are leading for security? And what action is needed to obtain ISPS approval from the port authority?

This Scandinavian company has the ambition to become the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and opens a NExBTL-plant in Rotterdam. This unique plant is one of the first production steps outside their known and trusted surroundings. A very low level of criminality characterizes the home area. Their goal is to fully comply with the port authority security regulations. The aim is to set-up a thorough, but not excessive, security function.

The first step was to assess threats and security risks. The focal point was not only the continuity of the core (production) process, but even more the corporate brand and image. Possible confrontations with environmental groups played a role in assessing the risks.

Counseling and support were given in four steps:

  • Threat and risk analysis

  • Drafting the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP)

  • Preparing and assisting in the International Ship & Port Security (ISPS) audit

  • Advice on the set-up and implementation of operational security


Due to a thorough risk based approach we were able to achieve the proper balance for security without excessive security measures.

The chosen approach subsequently stood model for the corporate security policy and was adopted in security audits.

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