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ISPS Code Overview

  • On account of the 9.11 terrorist attacks on the USA, the IMO has enacted the ISPS code in order to prevent terrorism at sea.
  • Chapter 11-2 of SOLASand ISPS code were newly added.
  • The IMO diplomatic conference held on Dec. 12, 2002 adopted the ISPS code (effective as of Jul. 1, 2004)

* ISPS Code : International Ship and Port facility Security Code

Key Contents

  • Applicable Subjects
    • Ships: international passenger ships, cargo ships of more than 500 tons gross tonnage and mobile offshore units (Korea has 383 ships in total.)
    • Ports: The ports that are used by international ships (Korea has 28 trade ports).
  • Each ship has to make its own security plan and must get approval from the government. After the government’s security review, they must keep the International Ship Security Certificate (effective for 5 years) with them.
    • Each ship must attach her own identification number (IMO number) on the ship body on a permanent basis.
    • A ship which does not keep an ISSCwill be banned for arrival to and departurefrom foreign countries.
  • Every port has to make a security plan and get approval from the government after appointing a security officer for port facilities and conducting a port security assessment

Base Regulations

  • Chapter 11-1 and 11-2 of SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea)
  • ISPS Code
  • Acts on Regulations on Ship and Port Facilities

Measures taken by each subject

Measures taken by each subject
Subjects Key contents
Ship (including shipping company )
  • Discipline of appointing security officers for the ship or the company
  • Making a ship security assessment and a security plan
  • Installing a Ship Security Alert System (SSAS)
  • Keeping an ISSC (International Ship Security Certificate) for any voyage
Port facilities
  • Appointment of security officers for port facilities
  • Making a port facilities security assessment and pla
  • Installation and operation of security facilities
  • Education of security officers and companies
  • Approval of a Ship Security plan, Ship Security Inspection and issuance of a ship security certificate
  • Issuance of a ship history book
  • Issuance of port facilities appropriateness confirmation (effective for 5years)
  • Notification of ship and port facilities’ security related matters to the IMO
  • Performing a security check for ships of foreign nationality


(Unit: Number, Number of ship)
Classfication (Unit: Number, Number of ship) 2009th 2010th 2011th 2012th
Approval of Security Plan 4Number 3Number 1Number 1Number
Security Inspection 57Number 21Number 26Number 60Number