Port Security Conference

April 9, 2003

Lloyd's Register offers ISPS "Practical Pack"
Lloyd's Register has published its ISPS Practical Pack, a guide designed to help owners and operators to meet the requirements of the forthcoming International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The pack was developed by Lloyd's Register in conjunction with maritime security expert IDS International Ltd.

The ISPS Practical Pack provides a methodology that company security officers can use when conducting ship security assessments and developing ship security plans in accordance with the requirements of the ISPS Code. Lloyd's Register says that, "ecognizing that there is no 'one size fits all' solution, the pack is not a ship security plan 'template.'" Lloyd's Register instead describes it as "an effective tool which can be used to understand and comply with the requirements of the Code."

The ISPS Practical Pack takes users through three key phases:

  • conducting ship security assessments
  • developing the ship security plan based on the outcome of the ship security assessment
  • developing ship security procedures which are to be attached to, and form part of, the approved ship security plan.
  • "The ISPS Practical Pack is a part of Lloyd's Register's integrated approach to maritime security, an approach which also involves training for company and ship security officers," says Angus McLean, Senior Specialist for Maritime Security in Lloyd's Register's Marine Management Systems group. "The pack is available to the industry, free of charge, but its full benefit will only be realised through the appropriate training."

    Lloyd's Register's security training courses commence shortly, with the first Company Security Officer course scheduled for May 12 in London and the Ship Security Officer course scheduled to take place exactly a week later on May 19, also in London. Further courses will be offered in locations around the world, including Singapore, Houston, Rotterdam and Piraeus.

    The ISPS Practical Pack can be downloaded from Lloyd's Register's website.

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