Transportation and Communication Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza yesterday announce the approval of the guidelines for ship and port security assessments and plans of the National Maritime Transport Security Programme in a bid to ensure the countrys compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code which will come into force on July 1.
Mendoza signed the Guidelines for Ship and Port Facility Security Assessments and Plans last May 31, drafted and prepared by the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), in compliance with the ISPS Code adopted on Dec. 12, 2002, and Chapter XI-2 of the Annex to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS), Special Measures to Enhance Maritime Security.
Mendoza said copies of the guidelines will be available upon request at the Office for Transportation Security (OTS) Headquarters, DoTC, 18th Floor, Columbia Tower, Ortigas Ave., Mandaluyong City.
Mendoza said that the guidelines ensure compliance and implement the new International Maritime Organizations (IMO) preventive security framework detailed in the ISPS Code. It also provide guidelines for Philippine registered ships and/or ports within Philippine territory used in international trade for the preparation and submission of security assessments and plans in compliance with the ISPS Code and SOLAS Chapter XI-2.
The ISPS Code is applicable to ships engaged in international voyage and ports servicing international trade. It is designed to protect ports and international shipping against terrorism. The Code requires security assessments to establish threats, determine the vulnerabilities of their assets, infrastructure, and operations, and identify appropriate preventive security measures and procedures and develop appropriate security plans. …