Development and implementation were sped up drastically in reaction to the September 11, attacks and the bombing of the French oil tanker Limburg. The U. The measures agreed under the Code were brought into force on July 1, The SSO also ensures that the security crew is trained for high security level purposes. This process must be approved by the administration of the flag state of the ship or verified security organization with approval of the Ship Security Plan or Vessel Security Plan VSP. Therefore, the VSP must include procedures to allow necessary communication that shall be enforced at all times.
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Mandatory Part A outlines detailed maritime and port security-related requirements which SOLAS contracting governments, port authorities and shipping companies must adhere to, in order to be in compliance with the Code. Part B of the Code provides a series of recommendatory guidelines on how to meet the requirements and obligations set out within the provisions of Part A. In order to achieve the above objectives, SOLAS contracting governments, port authorities and shipping companies are required, under the ISPS Code, to designate appropriate security officers and personnel, on each ship, port facility and shipping company.
IMO is able to provide support to Member states in need of assistance in implementing the Code, by way of national and regional workshops, seminars, needs assessment missions, etc.
The Guide is a compendium of maritime security related information, drawn primarily from IMO sources. In particular, the Guide assists port facility personnel with security duties and shipping company employees with security duties in ports, port facilities and on board ships. Through it, all relevant stakeholders possess a consolidated and comprehensive source of guidance material, which also contains appropriate linkages to other ongoing IMO initiatives. The Code of practice, which is available in English , French and Spanish , complements the provisions of the ISPS Code as far as safeguarding the security of the wider port area is concerned.
The working languages are English, French and Spanish. Some content on this site is available in all official languages. The majority is presented in the working languages.
SOLAS XI-2 and the ISPS Code
International Ship and Port Facility Security Code