A new comprehensive security regime for International shipping and port facilities came into force in July 2004 following the adoption by IMO of the International Ship and Port facility Security Code (ISPS Code). This Code contains detailed security-related requirements for Governments, Port Authorities and Shipping Companies.
The ISPS Code is compulsory for all passenger ships including passenger high-speed craft, cargo ships including high-speed craft of 500 gross tonnage and upwards and mobile offshore drilling units, engaged on international voyages and port facilities serving such ships engaged on international voyages. It may also be applied to any port facility, vessel and offshore unit on voluntary basis.
The objectives of the Code are to establish an international framework involving co-operation between Contracting Governments, Government agencies, local administrations and the shipping and port industries to detect/assess security threats and take preventive measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.
Bureau Veritas is recognised by about 100 Flag State Authorities as a Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) for approving Ship Security Plans (SSPs), performing audits on board the ships and issuing International Ship Security Certificates (ISSCs).
BV had qualified about 160 Marine Security Auditors (MSAs) able to audit any ship and offshore unit worldwide.
2005 on-line BV Register shows more than 2 000 ships certified by Bureau Veritas for their conformity with the ISPS code. The ISPS certification is independent from the class of the ship. Bureau Veritas is able to perform ISPS certification of any ship, whatever the ship’s class is.
We have also developed specific training courses dealing with the ISPS code, such as: “Introduction to ISPS Code", “ISPS – Ship Security Officer (SSO)”, “ISPS – Company Security Officer (CSO)”, “ISPS – Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO)” and “ISPS - Internal Auditor”. In addition, we may consider any tailor-made training according to your specific needs.
Through our specialised subsidiary, Tecnitas, we are able to give consultancy for any Marine Company or Port Facility in performing the Security Assessments and developing the Security Plans.