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The growing concern of Maritime Security (update)

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of September Eleven, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted a series of measures to strengthen maritime security and prevent and suppress acts of terrorism against shipping. The new comprehensive security regime for international shipping is set to enter in force, very soon, in JULY 2004. The IMO Conference has adopted a series of amendments to SOLAS, the 1974 Safety of Life at Sea Convention which are commonly referred to as the INTERNATIONAL SHIP AND PORT FACILITY SECURITY CODE (ISPS Code). 

As a Category A member of the IMO's Council, the host of the Panama Canal and the world's largest Shipping Registry, the Republic of Panama is at the forefront of maritime security and is playing an active role in ensuring its implementation. 

The Panama Maritime Authority has selected three Recognized Security Organizations (RSOs) to evaluate the Ship Security Plans (SSP):

Phoenix Vessel Services (PVS) (US) (website)

Universe Security Group (USG) (UK) (website)

ST Education and Training, Pte, Ltd. (STET) (Singapore Technologies Engineering subsidiary) (website)

Once the plans have been evaluated by one of the above companies, Shipowners must seek SSP approval from one of the following Recognized Security Organizations:

1)  American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

2)  Det Norske Veritas (DNV) 

3)  Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)

4)  Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)

5)  Ferriby Marine

6) Panama Bureau of Shipping S.A. (PBS)

7)  Panama Maritime Quality Services, Inc.

8)  Panama Register Corporation (PRC)

9)  Bureau Veritas (BV)

10) China Classification Society (CCS)

11) Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)

12) Lloyd's Register (LR)

13) Germanischer Lloyd (GL)

14) China Corporation of Shipping

15) Maritime Security Bureau

16) Martinez & Co., Inc.

17) Aspiotis Maritime Ltd.

18) Marine Bureau, Inc. 

19) Hellenic Register of Shipping

20) International Register of Shipping (Panama) Inc. 

After all above steps have been completed, the Panama Maritime Authority will issue a Full Term International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) after payment of a US$250.00 fee. 

The ISCC fee can be conveniently paid through the New York Consulate. Please send a company check in the amount of US$250.00 to the order of CONSULATE OF PANAMA. We shall not wait until the check clears. The very same day the check is received, we shall issue an official receipt. It will be immediately faxed to the ISPS Department in Panama. It will also be faxed and mailed to the applicant.  

Please note that there is NO FEE for the issuance of Continuous Synopsis Record (CSR).  

Upon completion of the SSP’s verification, RSOs are entitled to issue on behalf of the Panama Maritime Authority a Short Term ISSC valid for five months – to cover the period between the audit and the issuance of the full term ISSC. According to the Panama Maritime Authority's guidelines, Ship Security Plans (SSP) should have been submitted prior to May 1st, 2004. At the time of the ISPS Code's entry into force, on July 1st 2004, most full term ISSC certificates had been issued by the Panama Maritime Authority, with the exception of documentation submitted after the official deadline.

For additional information on ISCC and CSR (including CSR application form) CLICK HERE

Several related Merchant Marine Circulars have been published and can be found on the website of the Panama Maritime Authority's International Representative Office, in New York, also known as SEGUMAR

Click HERE to review that information.


Correspondence related to ISPS should be addressed to:

Panama Maritime Authority - Maritime Security Department

P.O.  Box 592 Balboa, Ancon, Panama,  Republic of Panama.

Fax: (507) 232 8268



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