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SOLAS and Maritime Security

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After its delve into the Polar Code the Navregs blog now changes focus to explore Maritime Security. It follows on from previous posts based on the International Ship Security Certificate; delving deeper and looking wider.


A Handy Reference to SOLAS Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Security

Previous Navregs  Maritime Security Related  Posts

What SOLAS chapter  Chapter makes the ISPS code mandatory?

XI-2 – Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Security

Note: ISPS stands for The International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities.

What does SOLAS Chapter XI-2 Cover?Railings

  • Regulation 1 – Definitions
  • Regulation 2 – Application
  • Regulation 3 – Obligations of Contracting Governments with Respect to Security
  • Regulation 4 – Requirements for Companies and Ships
  • Regulation 5 – Specific Responsibility of Companies
  • Regulation 6 – Ship Security Alert System
  • Regulation 7 – Threats to Ships
  • Regulation 8 – Master’s Discretion for Ship Safety and Security
  • Regulation 9 – Control and Compliance Measures
  • Regulation 10 – Requirements for Port Facilities
  • Regulation 11 – Alternative Security Agreements
  • Regulation 12 – Equivalent Security Arrangements
  • Regulation 13 – Communication of Information

What does SOLAS chapter XI apply to?

  • The following types of ships engaged on international voyages:
  • Passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft;
  • Cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 gross tonnage and upwards;
  • Mobile offshore drilling units.


  • Port facilities serving such ships engaged on international voyages.

Governments shall decide the extent of application of the chapter to those port facilities Ship and harbour cranes which, although used primarily by ships not engaged on international voyages, are required, occasionally, to serve ships arriving or departing on an international voyage.

The chapter does not apply to warships, naval auxiliaries or other ships owned or operated by a Contracting Government and used only on Government non-commercial service.

A selection of definitions from the Chapter

Ship/port interface

The interactions that occur when a ship is directly and immediately affected by actions involving the movement of persons, goods or the provisions of port services to or from the ship.

Port facility

A location, as determined by the Contracting Government or by the Designated Authority, where the ship/port interface takes place. This includes areas such as anchorages, waiting berths and approaches from seaward, as appropriate.

Ship to ship activity

Any activity not related to a port facility that involves the transfer of goods or persons from one ship to another.

Security incident

Any suspicious act or circumstance threatening the security of a ship, or of a port facility or of any ship/port interface or any ship to ship activity.

Security level

The qualification of the degree of risk that a security incident will be attempted or will occur.

Declaration of security

An agreement reached between a ship and either a port facility or another ship with which it interfaces specifying the security measures each will implement.

Recognized security organization

 An organization with appropriate expertise in security matters and with appropriate knowledge of ship and port operations authorized to carry out an assessment, or a verification, or an approval or a certification activity, required by the chapter or the ISPS Code.

Some online Maritime Security Resources

A Really Handy Guide to Ship Certification-Part 3

Keeping vessels safe

Cover of the Really handy Guide to Ship Certification, part 3.

The third book of the series on vessel certification covers the SOLAS and security certificates, including SAFCON, CSSC, PSSC, ISPS and a diversion into the subject of HSSC.

Click here for the book’s Amazon page>


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