REVISED PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND GUIDANCE ON PROVISION OF SHIP SECURITY ALERT SYSTEMS

Maritime Security Notices,Shipping Circulars
No. 23 of 2003

17 Oct 2003

MARINE CIRCULAR TO SHIPOWNERS

Applicable to: Shipowners, shipmanagers, masters and officers of Singapore ships.

This circular highlights the performance standards and guidance for the ship security alert systems specified in the amendments to SOLAS 74 adopted by the IMO Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security held in London in December 2002.

  1. The IMO Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security held in London in December 2002 adopted several amendments to SOLAS 74. These amendments include the introduction of Maritime Security into SOLAS 74 and incorporate the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The amendments are expected to come into force on 1 July 2004.
  2. Marine Circular No 3 of 2003 dated 12 March 2003 highlights the essential elements of the amendments. The Circular is available at http://www.mpa.gov.sg.
  3. Among the provisions of the adopted Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74. which incorporates the special measures to enhance maritime security, the ship is required to carry on board the ship security alert system. The requirements are specified in Regulation 6 of Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74. The recommended performance standards for a ship security system are specified in Resolution MSC.136(76) and these are in addition to the general requirements set out in Resolution A.694(17).
  4. The MSC has adopted the revised performance standards for a ship security alert system by Resolution  MSC.147(77) .
  5. The ships security alert systems are required to conform to the respective performance standards as follows:
    1. if installed before 1 July 2004, conforms to the performance standards not inferior to those specified in the Annex to Resolution MSC.136(76) or in the Annex to Resolution MSC.147(77);
    2. if installed on or after 1 July 2004, conforms to the performance standards not inferior to those specified in theAnnex to Resolution MSC.147(77).
  6. In addition,MSC/Circ.1072 provides the guidance on the provision of the ship security alert systems.
  7. Resolution A.694(17), Resolution MSC.136(76), Resolution MSC.147(77) and MSC/Circ.1072 are attached to this circular.
  8. Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to Mr Mark Lim at 63252410.

LEE SENG KONG
DIRECTOR OF MARINE
MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE