Non ISPS Code Requirements
Completion of a DoS, and requirements for harbour craft and small vessels.
Under SOLAS regulation XI-2/10.3 Contracting Governments determine when the submission of a Declaration of Security (DoS) from a ship is to be required by a port facility. Section A/5.2 of the ISPS Code specifies when a ship can request a DoS from a port facility. Paragraphs B/5.1 to B/5.6 of the ISPS Code offer guidance in relation to DoS. The practice of requiring or responding to requests for a DoS should be set out in the Port Facility Security Plan (PFSP) and that on requesting a DoS in the Ship Security Plan (SSP).
Requirements for harbour craft and small vessels (non-ISPS)
The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code is not mandatory for small vessels and harbour craft that operate solely within the port limits.
(Small vessels refer to all vessels calling port of Singapore, excluding the following which are covered by the ISPS Code: passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft; cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 GT and upwards; and mobile offshore drilling units.)
(Harbour craft refer to all licensed harbour craft that operate solely within the port limits and are not required to comply with the ISPS Code.)In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 43(c) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Chapter 170A), the Port Master directs that:
- harbour craft must comply with the Harbour Craft Security Code and Harbour Craft Security Log. See below for more details.
- All small vessels are to complete and retain onboard the Ship Self-Security Assessment Checklist before entering the port of Singapore. See below for more details.
Harbour Craft Security Code and Harbour Craft Security Log
All harbour craft operating in the port must comply with the Harbour Craft Security Code (HCSC). The HCSC is user-friendly and contains practical security measures to ensure the security readiness of harbour craft when operating in the port waters.The master of a harbour craft is required to make entries in the Harbour Craft Security Log when conducting a ship to ship, or ship to port facility interface. Masters are to keep the security log onboard for a period of at least 3 months from the last date of entry.Small vessels that do not need to comply with the ISPS codeSmall vessels are required to complete the Ship Self-Security Assessment Checklist before entering into the port of Singapore. Keep the completed Ship Self-Security Assessment Checklist onboard for inspection.The Ship Self-Security Assessment Checklist is used to:
- ensure the security preparedness and readiness of the small vessels; and
- benefit the general security of the ship and crew members onboard.
Please contact Port Security Department at Tel: 6221 3127 for further enquiries.
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