THE MARINE LOG FEATURES CALENDAR FOR 2003
April 30, 2003
GL has trained 250 Company Security Officers
International classification society Germanischer Lloyd says it has completed the training and certification of 250 Company Security Officers for a wide range of shipping companies worldwide.
"These people will play a vital role in the security systems of companies under the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code," said Klaus Jacoby, who is responsible for GL's growing involvement in the maritime security field. He said the training was being carried out in conjunction with International Maritime Security (IMS), GL's UK-based partner in the security training field. "We are now embarking on a program of training Ship Security Officers, who will be responsible for security measures on board ship," he said.
Jacoby also announced that GL had been appointed by the Liberian ship register as a Recognized Security Organisation (RSO) to carry out security verification and certification on its behalf, making a total of ten flag states that had appointed the society so far. "Liberia is the second largest open register in the world, and it joins nine other flag states including Malta and Norway to give us a strong position as an RSO."
Jacoby said GL already had 50 trained auditors in place throughout the world, who are qualified to conduct certification activities. The number will be increased to more than 100 in the near future. The society had prepared a package for shipowners on how to comply with the requirements of the ISPS code, including guidelines for the performance of ship security assessments. Numerous seminars had been held globally to explain to owners what is required of them under the code.
The society is forming a tripartite partnership with IMS and Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH (HPC) to assist port facilities to comply with port security assessments and preparations of security plans.
A GL security hotline has been established at email@example.com