International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

The ISPS Code is a set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities. This page also contains information on ISPS security trainers, ISPS compliant port facilities, and Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) for both ships and ports.

The ISPS Code is a set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities. It was developed in response of the perceived threats to ships and port facilities after the 9/11 attacks. The ISPS Code is part of the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) and compliance is mandatory for the 148 Contracting Parties to SOLAS.The ISPS Code was adopted by one of the resolutions that was adopted on 12 December 2002 by the Conference of Contracting Governments to the SOLAS, 1974 (London, 9 to 13 December 2002). Another resolution includes the necessary amendments to chapters V and XI of SOLAS that mandates compliance with the Code on 1 July 2004. The existing chapter XI of SOLAS was amended and re-identified as chapter XI-1. A new chapter XI-2 was implemented based on special measures to enhance maritime security. Part A of the ISPS Code contains the mandatory requirements regarding the amended provisions of chapter XI-2 of SOLAS , 1974; Part B provides guidance regarding these amended provisions.

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ISPS security trainers

MPA has endorsed maritime training providers to help guide Singapore flagged ships and Singapore port facilities in the training of their maritime security personnel. These training providers conduct training for Company Security Officers (CSOs), Ship Security Officers (SSOs) and Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) according to the requirements of the ISPS Code and IMO model.

ISPS compliant port facilities

List of port facilities in Singapore that are compliant with the ISPS Code (pdf).

Ship RSOs (Recognised Security Organisations)

The MPA has appointed RSOs to approve Ship Security Plan (SSP) and to issue International Ship Security Certificates to Singapore flagged ships on its behalf.

Download the names and contact details of RSOs for ship security (pdf).

Port facility RSOs (Recognised Security Organisations)

RSOs also assist the MPA to perform security assessments, and formulate or endorse Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) for Singapore port facilities.

Download the names and contact details of these RSOs for RSOs for port facility security (.pdf, 133 KB).