Maritime Security is now an integral part of IMO’s responsibilities. A new comprehensive security regime for international shipping is set to inter into force in July 2004. The mandatory security measures, adopted in December 2002, include a number of amendments to the 1974 Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), the most far- reaching of which enshrines the new International Shipping and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
ISPS Code Contains detailed security-related requirements for governments, port authorities, and shipping companies, also general cargo ships, container ships, and Mobile Offshore Drilling Units of 500 gross tonnage and above had to comply with both: the (International Safety Management) ISM Code, and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
The purpose of the ISPS Code is to provide standardized, consistent framework for evaluating risk, enabling government to offset changes in threat with changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities.
All the requirements for security is now applicable in Mahoney as the company is taking leading steps in training and formulating the security system for the ships.
Under the terms of the ISPS Code, we were required to designate a company security officer for the company and a ship security officer for each ship.
The company security officer’s responsibilities include insuring that a ship security assessment is properly carried out, also we will design security plans to be placed on board of each ships. We are taking consultancy to scan the security system aboard ship and evaluate the needed security procedures to add to the security plan that will be the responsibility of Mahoney’s Co. security officer aboard ship.