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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Isps Code News

APEC Efforts to Secure International Shipping and Ports

The White House issued a Fact Sheet discussing initiatives agreed to by representatives attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Chile. Among other things, the leaders agreed to secure international shipping and ports by working toward implementation of the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. President Bush and six other leaders launched the ISPS Code Implementation Assistance Program to assist fellow APEC members in complying with the ISPS Code through technical assistance and grants. Source: HK Law

ISPS Code Auditor Training - Fort Lauderdale - Feb 22 & 23

MARITIME SECURITY AUDITOR (ISPS): Maritime security training for ship managers, port facilities, shipboard personnel, and yachts. This module provides trainees with detailed knowledge and understanding of the ISPS Code, thus allowing them to conduct the annually mandated internal security audits. This interactive, classroom training course will provide an overview of the ISPS Code and the most prominent interpretations being enforced that affect all ship types; explain the ISPS Code’s functional requirements and their implications for a company, also contrasting them to the US Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA); list and explain the ISPS Code’s detailed security requirements…

The ICCL Co-Hosts Security Implementation Workshop

The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) along with the American Association of Port Authorities and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association brought together the ports of the Caribbean June 25-27, 2003, in Jamaica, to discuss the implementation of new international security requirements. The workshop provided an in-depth overview of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, as required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) by July 2004. The ISPS Code provides a standard global security framework that will enable ports, shipping companies and governments to operate on equal preparedness and response levels. The IMO developed the ISPS Code to implement maritime and port security regulations in response to heightened security issues since Sept.

USMI - Integrated Maritime Auditor (ISM/ISPS) Training

The US Maritime Institute announces the scheduling of its very popular three-day classroom course. It is a combined ISM Code familiarization, ISPS Code familiarization, and internal auditor course that will help students develop a practical approach to the interpretation and application of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The training is a highly participatory combination of presentations, group discussions, and case studies, plus individual and syndicate exercises. The specific Safety Management System and Ship Security Plan requirements of various companies are incorporated into the course, along with the regulatory requirements of the flag administrations.

Integrated Maritime Auditor (ISM/ISPS) Training

This three-day classroom course, which is a combined ISM Code familiarization, ISPS Code familiarization, and internal auditor course will help students develop a practical approach to the interpretation and application of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. It is a highly participatory combination of presentations, group discussions, and case studies, plus individual and syndicate exercises. The specific Safety Management System and Ship Security Plan requirements of various companies are incorporated into the course, along with the regulatory requirements of the flag administrations.

U.S. Coast Guard Backs NIMASA Security Efforts

Photo: NIMASA

The United States Coast Guard has declared that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is on the right path to the successful implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Nigeria. The leader of the U.S. Coast Guard team to Nigeria, Tivo Romero made this declaration at a meeting with members of the ISPS Code Implementation Committee in Nigeria on Friday in Lagos during a visit to NIMASA, the Designated Authority for ISPS Code implementation in Nigeria.

Maritime Security Course in Seattle

Beginning July 1, 2005, Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) will offer courses in Maritime Security, specifically CSO/VSO and FSO. · Company Security Officer – CSO/VSO (3 days). This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel to conduct the duties of a Company Security Officer (CSO) in accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the IMO ISPS Code, and relevant U.S. Coast Guard regulations. · Vessel Security Officer - CSO/VSO (3 days) This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel to conduct the duties of a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) in accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002…

Panama Canal and ISPS Implementation

The Panama Canal Authority issued an Advisory stating that it is implementing the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code on 1 July 2004. SOLAS vessels will be expected to demonstrate compliance with the ISPS Code. Non-SOLAS vessels will be required to demonstrate that they have implemented comparable security measures. The Authority will not provide in advance the names of its personnel who will be boarding ships, but all of its personnel have identification credentials which will be shown on request. Advisory No. 31-2004 (6/15/04).

MTSA policy guidance for certain U.S. vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Guidance regarding use of the Alternative Security Program (ASP) for U.S. vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The guidance advises how to utilize the ASP while continuing to meet requirements of the ISPS Code. It also reminds operators of uninspected domestic vessels that the vessel security plan must clearly describe the security measures that will be employed during voyages to which the maritime security regulations are applicable. (HK Law).

MTSA Policy Guidance for Certain U.S. Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Guidance regarding use of the Alternative Security Program (ASP) for U.S. vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The guidance advises how to utilize the ASP while continuing to meet requirements of the ISPS Code. It also reminds operators of uninspected domestic vessels that the vessel security plan must clearly describe the security measures that will be employed during voyages to which the maritime security regulations are applicable. (HK Law)

Panama Selects Recognized Security Organization

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has selected Phoenix Management Services Group Inc, represented in Panama by Phoenix Vessels services Inc, to assess on the evaluation of ship security plans. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, approved in December 2002 by the International Maritime Organization, is an amendment to the SOLAS/74 convention and will enter force on July 1st, 2004. The AMP recently created the new Department of Maritime Security in charge of implementing the new IMO’s requirements and proper execution of the ISPS Code, to comply with Panama’s obligations as the world’s largest merchant fleet.

ISM/ISPS Training Dates Announced

Who?: Ship managers, marine surveyors, flag-state inspectors, superintendents, yacht managers, senior officers, designated persons ashore, company security officers, and all others involved in the management, operation, and/or ownership of ships and yachts. What?: This three-day classroom course, which is a combined ISM Code familiarization, ISPS Code familiarization, and internal auditor course will help students develop a practical approach to the interpretation and application of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. It is a highly participatory combination of presentations, group discussions, and case studies, plus individual and syndicate exercises.

PMA Implementation of ISPS Code

The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) posted on its Internet site a revised circular discussing implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. Among other things, the circular identifies the Recognized Security Organizations (RSOs) for purposes of evaluation of ship security plans and the RSOs for verification of the plans. Merchant Marine Circular No. 131 Revised (12/30/03). For more information, contact PMA at Fax: (507) 232 8268 or E-mail: MSD@amp.gob.pa (Source: HK Law)

ISPS Code Update

The IMO issued an Update regarding implementation of the ISPS Code. The information available as of 25 June 2004 indicates that 41.3% of the ships from 39 reporting nations have been issued their International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC). The situation is less favorable with regard to port facilities, with only 31.9% of the facilities having approved security plans. Progress has been steady, but slow.

IMO Provides ISPS Code implementation Status

The IMO provided ISPS Code implementation figures as of June 11, 2004. To date, 38 governments have provided responses indicating 21,347 ships from those nations are subject to the ISPS Code; 16,465 ship security plans have been submitted to these governments; and 4,841 International Ship Security Certificates (ISSCs) have been issued. Of the 6,114 port facilities identified by these governments, 2,044 have submitted security plans and 654 have been approved. This data indicates that at least 23% of the ships and 66% of the port facilities of these 38 countries have little hope of timely compliance since they have not even submitted security plans for review Source: HK Law.

IMO: Master May be SSO

The master of a ship can be designated as the Ship Security Officer (SSO) in implementing the provisions of the mandatory International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, IMO's Flag State Implementation (FSI) Sub-Committee has unanimously decided to recommend to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC). The FSI Sub-Committee, which meets this week at IMO's London Headquarters, considered the issue following concerns raised by Contracting Governments to the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and by the shipping industry as to whether the ISPS Code, as drafted, would prevent the master of the ship being designated as the SSO. The ISPS Code will become mandatory in July of this year under amendments to SOLAS adopted in December 2002.

US Helps Micronesia Boost Port Security

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Activities Far East)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team in cooperation with officials from the Federated States of Micronesia’s Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure completed three days of port facility security seminars in March. The engagement involved sharing best practices for conducting drills and exercises and to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at Kosrae Okat Commercial Dock port facility in the Port of Kosrae. “In a global economy, your security is our security,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chester K.

ABS Audits Univan Tanker

Hong Kong based Univan Shipmanagement becomes the latest organization to achieve certification from class society ABS in order to meet the IMO’s International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code in preparation for the July 2004 implementation date. Univan Ship Management and its sister company Pacific Marine, together manage a diverse fleet of over one hundred vessels comprising tankers, bulk carriers, pure car carriers, chemical tankers, container carriers, general cargo vessels, reefers, supply vessels and woodchip carriers.

First Bahamas Flag VLCC Awarded ISSC From ABS

The diversified international shipping group TESMA (Tschudi & Eitzen Ship Management Alliance) with its network of alliance partners servicing more than 80 vessels with full technical management and crew management support has become the latest organization to seek ABS certification and issuance of the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) to conform to the IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Code (ISPS Code). The ABS classed, Bahamas flagged 284,504dwt VLCC "SAMCO" managed by TESMA Singapore Pte. Ltd was successfully audited to the requirements of ISPS Code Part A & B. According to Capt. Hemant Juneja, ABS Pacific Division Head for Safety…

International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

Closely associated with the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) is the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code enacted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Implementation of the ISPS code will provide a comprehensive framework for global maritime security while facilitating the flow of commerce through the maritime transportation system. The 108 countries that comprise the IMO, including the U.S., adopted the ISPS code in December of 2002. The code, along with amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, sets forth several functional requirements to achieve maritime security.

LR Publishes ISPS Practical Pack

Lloyd’s Register has published its ISPS Practical Pack, a guide designed to help owners and operators to meet the requirements of the forthcoming International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The pack was developed by Lloyd’s Register in conjunction with maritime security expert IDS International Ltd. The ISPS Practical Pack provides a methodology that company security officers can use when conducting ship security assessments and developing ship security plans in accordance with the requirements of the ISPS Code. “The ISPS Practical Pack is a part of Lloyd’s Register’s integrated approach to maritime security, an approach which also involves training for company and ship security officers…

News: ISPS Code for Ship Repair Facilities?

Lloyd Werft's Werner Lüken may not be too sure as to whether ship repair yards constitute "port facilities" under the ISPS Code but others do not share his doubts. Speaking at the Shiprepair Conference and Exhibition in London last month, he said he really didn't think that repair yards should be included under the Code's requirements and that newbuilding yards certainly shouldn't be. However, he admitted to being in ongoing discussions with the German authorities on the point and, as perhaps the world's most prominent cruiseship yard, there is a lot at stake. The arguments are complex and will keep lawyers busy for months. However, as Peter Rowat of the London Shipping Consultancy pointed out, whether or not repair facilities are covered by the Code's requirements is not really the issue.

P&I Club: ISPS Will Make Stowaways a Bigger Problem

The introduction of the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code on 1 July 2004 is more likely to increase rather than reduce the problems caused by stowaways to shipowners, warns North of England P&I club. North of England points out that port security in many parts of the world remains extremely lax. 'It is hoped that the ISPS Code will improve the situation and reduce the burden on shipowners,' says loss prevention executive Tony Baker. 'Regardless of efforts made by shipowners to control access to their vessels in port, the task of securing port facilities is a much larger, more complex operation and one which many ports will find difficult to achieve,' he says.

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