Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie
Sachgebiet S 42
Bernhard-Nocht-Straße 78
20359 Hamburg

Dr. Liliane Rossbach
Phone: +49 40 3190-7420
Fax: +49 40 3190-5009
Mail: liliane.rossbach@bsh.de

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 contains all security relevant information on the ship that ais required by the ISPS Code and 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; you must protect it against unauthorized access and keep it 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, which contains already the structural requirements and only needs to be completed with vessel- and company specific details. Please direct your request to the adjacent contact.

SSP - Approval of new plans

All plans submitted for newbuildings or for ships changing to the German flag are new plans. The BSH verifies and approves all new plans directly as long as the legal preconditions are fulfilled (section 7 paragraph 2 in combination with section 3 paragraph 5 of German "See-Eigensicherungsverordnung").

In addition, the ship owner/company have a Recognized Security Organisation (RSO) pre-verify the plan at their own cost. If the RSO confirms compliance of the plan with the legal requirements, the BSH carries out a final verification and approves the plan insofar as it complies with 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.

 
SSP - approval of 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 (in german only) 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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Security Plan for ships in the "national trade" (NSSP)

Ships in the "national trade" are currently not subject to international provisions in accordance with SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code (exception: class A passenger ships in accordance with Council Directive 2009/45/EC, Art. 4 Para. 1 (previously 98/18/EC)). For these ships, a ship security plan is not mandatory. 

In 2007 the VDR in cooperation with the BSH prepared a security plan for ships in the national trade (NSSP) to provide a basic level of security. Nevertheless, the BSH recommends for passenger ships as well as for ships with 500 GT or more in the national trade to implement basic measures against security incidents from outside as well. The NSSP is a solid basis for that purpose. The BSH provides the optional service to check completed plans and give further recommendations.

The BSH together with the VDR provides a specimen NSSP (in German only). The BSH gladly assists with an advisory service in the development and, subsequently, provides the service to check completed plans by the shipping companies. The review by the BSH and any resulting recommendations are always without obligations.

Important note: Subsequently, the responsibility to keep the NSSP, which has been developed specifically by the shipping company (on the basis of the specimen NSSP), lies with the shipping company itself.

In domestic shipping, the comprehensive training and certification of security officers (CSO/SSO) are dispensable. Verification of the NSSP by a classification society is not required. 
It is however strongly recommended to instruct the ship’s crew in the new measures and to designate a person with overall security responsibility. bild nationaler seeverkehr

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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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