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Brief Overview
The ISPS Code is the latest addendum to SOLAS.  Simply stated it is the international security code for ship and port activities.  The Code is law and will go in to full effect on July 1, 2004.  While many people are aware of it many are not and fewer still understand how it will affect each ship and port later this year.  This is a brief overview of this important CODE.  We strongly suggest that each of you involved with ship and / or port activities in anyway get a copy of this CODE and read its ramifications.  We also recommend that all ship / shore security plans be reviewed ASAP.  In US ports, the MTSA (Marine Transportation Security Act -the domestic equivalent of ISPS) will apply.
The full title of ISPS Code is the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code and SOLAS Amendments 2002.


This Code applies to:

Responsibilities (General)

Contracting Governments:

Shipowner / Ship:

Port and Port Facility

o    Detail security Organization
o    Detail links with relevant authorities
o    Details basic security levels 1, 2 and 3
o    Provide regular review of PFSP
o    Detail reporting procedures to Government
o    Address 14 other items including, cargo, ship access, stores personnel IDs, crew, terminal access etc.

o    PFSO shall require training in 20 specific area and 10 ancillary areas as listed in Code
o    Facility must conduct appropriate training exercises
o    Port personnel with security duties must also be trained.         

o    Various documents of security required for ship and shore

Implementation Date
All programs and plans must be in place July 1, 2004.
Enercon Comment
While it might not be truly necessary for all ports to be online with this program on the effective date, ships may limit their port calls to only those ports that have a fully implemented plan.
Watch this page for more details on this Code.



One to Five-Day ISPS Training Program
Certification – PFSO / SSO / Security – Facility Personnel
Review and Implementation

This special 5-day program covers all aspects of ship and port security including potential threats to a maritime facility, ship and personnel.  In order to obtain the necessary certificates from “Security / Facility Personnel” up to and including Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs), all required topics will be covered, including ports, terminals, ships, containers, cargo, passengers, stores, bunkers, etc.  The program is conducted by means of visual aids, handouts, interactive discussions and exercises.  All participants will receive relevant reference materials and publications and an appropriate certificate upon successfully completing the program and passing the required examinations.

Program One – 1-day ISPS Certification Program

Program Two – 3-day ISPS Certification Program

Program Three – 2-day ISPS Review / Update / Implementation Program

Program Four – Full 5-day Program

Fees - Contact us for per person fee and general outline.

Contact us for information at our office in Coral Gables, Florida by calling tel. 305-445-0647 or by email to info@enercongroup.com.



The following is a list of compiled acronyms and definitions related to the ISPS Code / MTSA and Enercon Group, Inc.’s ISPS Code / MTSA Compliance Course.   It is not meant to be an all-inclusive list but rather a reference aid to course participants.  For the full list of terms and acronyms contained in the Codes, please refer to the ISPS Code and other related course materials.

ANFO - Ammonium Nitrate Fuel Oil Mix

CCTV - Closed Circuit Television (TV)

CONTRACTING GOVERNMENT - Includes reference to the Designated Authority

CSI - Container Security Initiative

CSO - Company Security Officer

CSR - Continuous Synopsis Record

C-TPAT - Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

DOS - DECLARATION OF SECURITY - An agreement between a ship and a port facility or another ship, specifying the security measures each will implement.

DRA - Designated Restricted Area

Flag State - Country where the ship is registered.

IMB - International Maritime Bureau

IMO - International Maritime Organization

ISPS - International Ship and Port Facility Code and SOLAS Amendments 2002

ISSC - International Ship Security Certificate

MTSA - Maritime Transportation Security Act

PF - Port Facility Engaged in International Trade

PFSO - Port Facility Security Officer

PFSP Port Facility Security Plan

Port State - Country where ships call.

PSA - Port Security Assessment

PSO - Port Security Officer

RSO - Recognized Security Organization

SAA - Security Assessment Audit

SECURITY LEVEL 1 - Level for which minimum appropriate protective security measures shall be maintained at all times.

SECURITY LEVEL 2 - Level for which appropriate additional protective security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident.

SECURITY LEVEL 3 - Level for which further specific protective security measures shall be maintained for a limited period of time when a security incident is probable or imminent, although it may not be possible to identify the specific target.

SOLAS - Safety of Life at Sea Convention

SSA - Ship Security Assessment

SSO - Ship Security Officer

SSP - Ship Security Plan


Provided as a service of Enercon Group, Inc.

October 2013