The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) came into force in 2004. It is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) on the minimum security arrangements for ships, ports and government agencies.

It details the responsibilities of governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel and port facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) states that: “ISPS is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks”.

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ISPS Code – Application and Requirements (15kb PDF)

ISPS Code in full (388kb PDF)


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