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Loss Prevention Circular No. 10-04
Maritime Security

In connection with the implementation of the ISPS code, a number of relevant documents and websites have been released both by the IMO and by national authorities. Below you will find some links that may be useful.

The Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS)
In accordance with SOLAS Chapter XI-2, Regulation 13, governments which have contracted to the SOLAS convention are required, no later than 1st July 2004 , to communicate to the IMO and make available information, for companies and ships, which includes:

  • the locations within their territory covered by approved port facility security plans;
  • the names and contact details of their national authority or authorities responsible for ship and port facility security;
  • the names and contact details of personnel who has been designated to be available at all times to provide advice or assistance to ships and to whom ships can report any security concerns they may have.

This information can be accessed from the IMO Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) web site: http://www2.imo.org/ISPSCode/ISPSInformation.aspx

IMO MSC Circular 1111
Guidance on to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code
The IMO Maritime Safety Committee published IMO MSC Circular No 1111 on the 7th June 2004 .

This circular includes:

  • Annex 1 - Guidance relating to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code.
  • Annex 2  - Resolution MSC 159(78) - Interim Guidance on control and compliance measures to enhance maritime security.

IMO MSC Circular 1111 is available at

Hong Kong - New ISPS reporting procedures
The Hong Kong Marine Department has issued procedures, Notice No 89 of 2004, to be followed by ships to which the ISPS Code applies when entering or staying in Hong Kong on or after the 1st July 2004 .

The procedures include:

  • Pre-arrival procedures.
  • Procedures to be followed by ships while staying in port, mooring buoys and anchorages.
  • Port state control procedures.

Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No 89 is available at: