Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Dr. Liliane Rossbach
Phone: +49 40 3190-7420
Fax: +49 40 3190-5009



Webcode for this Content: 16637270

Security (ISPS)

International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS-Code)

Since July 2004 comprehensive security measures, developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve maritime security, apply to ships and port facilities all over the world. The ISPS code applies, inter alia, to cargo ships of 500 GT and above and to passenger ships regardless of size, engaged on international voyages, as well as to port facilities serving such ships.

The following pages provide information on the security arrangements on board of ships. Details on specific security measures, requirements and obligations to report are given and forms, e.g. for applications, are provided.

ISPS compliant port facilities

A list of the ISS compliant port facilities is available at the IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GSIS; registration neccessary).

Security officers

Ship Security Officer (SSO)

On each ship a ship security officer shall be designated. His duties include, but are not limited to, regular security inspections, training of the ship’s crew while on board, reporting of all security incidents and co-ordinating implementation of the ship security plan with the company security officer (CSO) and the port facility security officer (PFSO).

Since 1 July 2009 any SSO must hold a Certificate of Proficiency according to regulation VI/5 of the annex to the STCW-convention. Please observe also the notes on training.

Company Security Officer (CSO)

Each Company shall designate a company security officer (CSO). The CSO must have completed a security training programme at a training facility approved by the BSH. The duties and responsibilities of the CSO include, but are not limited to performing of ship security assessments, developing the ship security plan and ensuring the implementation of the ship security plan on board in his capacity as representative of the company. Requirements regarding the CSO are published in German in the Verkehrsblatt.

Notifications of change(s) regarding the CSO are to be directed to the BSH, Section S42, in accordance with section 4, paragraph 2 of the German Ordinance on Shipboard Security Measures (See-Eigensicherungsverordnung, SeeEigensichV).

The BSH accepts training courses of foreign training facilities, as long as they comply with the requirements of IMO model course 3.20 (CSO). Please observe also the notes on training.

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Recognized Security Organisation (RSO)

The RSO is a recognized classification society, complying with the relevant EU guidelines, globally organized and maintaining a German branch office. The main tasks of a RSO are the preliminary examination of ship security plans and ISPS verifications on board of German-flagged ships. Here you can find further information on Recognized Security Organizations (RSO); as well as in the interim guidelines by the Maritime Safety Commitee contained in MSC/Circ. 1074.

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