Ship Security Plan

Ship  Security Plan

According to ISPS  (International Ship and Port Facility Security  Code) is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention (1974/1988) on Maritime security including minimum security arrangements for shipsports and government agencies. Having come into force in 2004, it prescribes responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel, and port/facility personnel to “detect security threats and take preventive measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.”According to ISPS Part A 9, each ship shall carry onboard a ship security plan approved by the Administration.

This plan shall make provisions for the three security levels just mentioned.

The plan should include:

  •  Measures to prevent weapons or dangerous substances on the ship
  •  ID of restricted areas
  •  Procedures for responding to security threats
  •  Measures for preventing unauthorized access to the ship
  • Procedures for evacuation in case of security threats/breaches of security 
  • Duties of shipboard personnel assigned security responsibilities
  • Procedures for training, drills, and exercises
  • Procedures for interfacing with port facilities
  • ID of the Ship Security Officer
  • ID of the Company Security Officer
  • Information about security onboard-testing testing, calibration, etc
  • ID of the location where ship security alert system activation points are located
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