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IMO ISPS Code Section 6 - Obligations of the Company, Mandatory Requirements and Guidance for Companies

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) mandated International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a supplement to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as amended (SOLAS). ISPS Code intends to provide an international framework for mandatory requirements regarding the provisions of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS.

According to Section 6 of Part A & B of the ISPS Code, maritime companies have certain mandatory obligations. The companies should ensure that the Master of the ship has the ultimate responsibility for both safety and security aboard the ship. The Ship Security Plan (SSP) must emphasize the Master’s authority and, the Master has the overriding authority and responsibility to make decisions concerning the safety and security of the ship.


Masters can also request the assistance of the company or any Contracting Government as may be necessary. The company must also ensure that the Master has all information about the entity or entities responsible for crew appointments and the details of the charter parties. The company also must ensure that the Company Security Officer (CSO)CSO), Master, and Ship Security Officer (SSO) are given the necessary support to fulfill their duties and responsibilities.

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ISPS Code - Obligations of the Company

ISPS Code Part A Section 6 - Obligations of the Company

Mandatory Requirements and Obligations of the Company




6 Obligations of the Company

6.1 The Company shall ensure that the ship security plan contains a clear statement emphasizing the master’s authority. The Company shall establish in the ship security plan that the master has the overriding authority and responsibility to make decisions with respect to the safety and security of the ship and to request the assistance of the Company or of any Contracting Government as may be necessary.

6.2 The Company shall ensure that the company security officer, the master and the ship security officer are given the necessary support to fulfil their duties and responsibilities in accordance with chapter XI-2 and this Part of the Code.

ISPS Code Part B Section 6 - Obligations of the Company

Guidance regarding obligations of the company

6 Obligations of The Company

General

6.1 Regulation XI-2/5 requires the company to provide the master of the ship with information to meet the requirements of the Company under the provisions of this regulation. This information should include items such as:

.1 parties responsible for appointing shipboard personnel, such as ship management companies, manning agents, contractors, concessionaries (for example, retail sales outlets, casinos, etc.);

.2 parties responsible for deciding the employment of the ship including, time or bareboat charterer(s) or any other entity acting in such capacity; and

.3 in cases when the ship is employed under the terms of a charter party, the contact details of those parties including time or voyage charterers.

6.2 In accordance with regulation XI-2/5 the Company is obliged to update and keep this information current as and when changes occur.

6.3 This information should be in English, French or Spanish language.

6.4 With respect to ships constructed before 1 July 2004, this information should reflect the actual condition on that date.

6.5 With respect to ships constructed on or after 1 July 2004 and for ships constructed before 1 July 2004 which were out of service on 1 July 2004, the information should be provided as from the date of entry of the ship into service and should reflect the actual condition on that date.

6.6 After 1 July 2004 when a ship is withdrawn from service the information should be provided as from the date of re-entry of the ship into service and should reflect the actual condition on that date.

6.7 Previously provided information that does not relate to the actual condition on that date need not be retained on board.

6.8 When the responsibility for the operation of the ship is assumed by another Company, the information relating to the Company, which operated the ship, is not required to be left on board.

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check IMO ISPS Code - SOLAS Convention for the latest requirements and accurate info

LAST UPDATED ON Jan 25, 2021