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: 16764663

Ship Security Plan

Ship Security Plan (SSP)

Every ship which is subject to the ISPS code must carry a ship security plan (SSP), approved by the administration. The SSP describes, inter alia, the procedures to be followed and measures to be taken in case of security levels 1 to 3.

The company security officer (CSO) is responsible for the development and maintenance of the SSP (section 7, paragraph 1 of the "See-Eigensicherungsverordnung" - German Ordinance on Shipboard Security Measures). The ship security officer (SSO) is responsible for implementation of the measures and procedures described with that plan. In case of deficiencies in the implementation sanctions may be imposed on the SSO or the ship. The SSP is a confidential document which must be protected against unauthorized access and kept safely locked (section 7, paragraph 5 of the "See-Eigensicherungsverordnung" - German Ordinance on Shipboard Security Measures).

Minimum requirements for a ship security plan (SSP)

The minimum requirements for the content of a SSP for seagoing ships flying the German flag are made mandatory with the ISPS code (section 9 of part A and part B), in combination with article 3 paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Regulation (EC) no 725/2004 and the "See-Eigensicherungsverordnung" (German Ordinance on Shipboard Security Measures). In addition, national German requirements for SSPs must be complied with and the following pages from the BSH must be inserted.

BSH-SSP-pages (English)
BSH-pages new
BSH-Amendmentsheet

On request the BSH provides a model SSP to shipping companies, which contains already the structural requirements and only needs to be completed with vessel- and company specific details.

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Approval procedure for SSP

1. Verification and approval procedure for new plans

All plans submitted for newbuildings or for ships changing to the German flag are new plans. These are first subject to a verification and approval procedure directly by the BSH as long as the legal preconditions are fulfilled (section 7 paragraph 2 in combination with section 3 paragraph 5 of German "See-Eigensicherungsverordnung").

It is up to the ship owner/company to order a pre-verification (examination) carried out by a Recognized Security Organisation (RSO) (as before). If the RSO confirms compliance of the plan with the legal requirements, the BSH carries out a final verification and approves the plan according to aforementioned provisions. The plan will be returned to the company after approval and issuance of the approval certificate. One copy remains with the BSH. The BSH informs the RSO by means of a copy of the notification of approval.

Please submit the following documents:

You can send the application without signature via e-mail to the BSH which is directly possible from the completed form: click the pdf-print button to create a pdf and use the toolbar option „file – attach to Email“. If you want to submit ship security plans or amendments in an electronic format, please contact the Section S42. Please do not send these attachments via ordinary e-mail to the BSH.

 
2. Verification and approval procedure for plan amendments

The BSH must be informed in writing about all amendments to plans which have already been approved (section 7 paragraph 4 of the "See-Eigensicherungsverordnung" (German Ordinance on Shipboard Security Measures). Substantial changes must be approved and will be charged for, marginal changes are free of charge. Upon approval of the documents by the BSH the amended pages are returned to the CSO of the company marked with the approval stamp, in case of substantial changes together with a notification of approval and an invoice.

Please submit the following documents:

You can send the application without signature via e-mail to the BSH which is directly possible from the completed form: click the pdf-print button to create a pdf and use the toolbar option „file – attach to Email“. If you want to submit ship security plans or amendments in an electronic format, please contact the Section S42. Please do not send these attachments via ordinary e-mail to the BSH.

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Ship Security Assessment (SSA)

The ship security plan (SSP) is developed on the base of a ship security assessment (SSA). The company security officer (CSO) is responsible for the preparation of a risk assessment and possibly for its updating. Please observe also the notes in the German Verkehrsblatt 21/2003. The minimum scope of a ship security assessment is made mandatory with the ISPS code (section 8 of part A and part B).

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Legal basis

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