international ship and port facilities security
code (isps) code legislation
International shipping has been identified as vulnerable to global terrorism. Security management regulations and sound practices are essential if exposure to loss due to terrorism, piracy and other criminal activity is to be minimized or eliminated.
On 13 December 2002, 108 Contracting Governments to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) signed and adopted a wide ranging series of measures to improve the security of ports, passenger vessels and cargo ships over 500 GT sailing in international waters. These measures are set out in amended SOLAS Regulations, Chapters V and XI, and a new International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The effective date for full compliance was 1 July 2004.
The U.S. Coast Guard has developed regulations intended to align U.S. maritime security requirements with the international requirements adopted at IMO. However the Coast Guard must also implement U.S. specific requirements mandated by the U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.
The USCG will mandate compliance with ISPS Code Part A and Part B and the amendments to SOLAS. Non-U.S. flag vessels entering the U.S. will be expected to provide evidence of compliance with Part B or proof that any alternatives are the equivalent to Part B.
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