ICS launches new guidance on maritime security

To assist the global shipping community in preparing for threats such as piracy, kidnapping, and terrorism on the high seas, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has launched the first edition of Maritime Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Shipowners, Seafarers and Administrations.

Providing a comprehensive guide to maritime security, the publication draws on over twenty years’ experience of the growing security threats faced by shipping. It sets out the security threats faced by the shipping industry today and the statutory requirements that ships, shipping companies, and port facilities must meet.

The publication also provides guidance on how to conduct a thorough threat assessment for a voyage. A model ship security plan is also provided along with guidance on how to complete it in accordance with statutory requirements.

“Maritime security is a continual concern for the shipping industry, and security threats present real challenges to the entire global supply chain,” ICS Secretary General Guy Platten remarked.

“In the years since SOLAS and the ISPS Code set out the dedicated statutory framework for the issue, we have witnessed the emergence of a security culture in the industry with a growing awareness of security threats, and an understanding of the importance of following best practices to mitigate risks to seafarers and the global trade they sustain.”

Maritime Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Shipowners, Seafarers and Administrations has been written for ship and terminal operators, seafarers and administrations, but will also provide a useful entry point to the subject for anyone with an interest in maintaining the security of global trade.

This first edition title replaces two previous publications: Maritime Security: Guidance for Ship Operators on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code (2003) and Model Ship Security Plan (2003).

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