Looking at the port as a resilience platform allows for the continuation of supply chains and the availability of transport capabilities. It includes four core aspects:
- Strategic asset. As a transport facility, a port provides access and distribution capabilities to global and national markets. Ports should be recognized as strategic assets of national importance with related regulatory and financial support. They are supporting the resilience of their hinterlands by being able to maintain inbound and outbound supply chains. This also includes power generation facilities, essential to maintaining electric power supply, many adjacent to port sites.
- Secure facility area. The port facility must be secured to promote safe access, which involves a perimeter and checkpoints. The core purpose is to maintain the operational capabilities of the port, which requires the presence of key personnel and equipment.
- Inventory management. Ports commonly have co-located logistical facilities (warehouses and distribution centers) that should be considered part of the secure perimeter. These logistical facilities support critical supply chains by ensuring the procurement of energy, parts, goods, food, and medical supplies. During a disruption, these facilities are expected to continue their operations and provide storage of critical inventory.
- Connectivity and accessibility. Ports must maintain their connectivity to the shipping network and accessibility to their hinterland.