DNV issues first International Ship Security Certificate
The Bergesen-owned LNG tanker Berge Boston has received the first ever International Ship Security Certificate. It was issued by Det Norske Veritas acting as an RSO (Recognized Security Organization) on behalf of the ship's flag administration, NIS (Norwegian International Ship Register).
The certificate was presented by Sam C. Aase, DNVs principal surveyor, to captain Ernst R.Hansen, the master of the vessel, in the presence of U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Boston, Brian M. Salerno.
DNVs senior security advisor Finn-Erik Dahl said: "The issuance of the certificate to Berge Boston confirms that the ship has developed and implemented a ship security plan in accordance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in December 2002"
The code represents the fastest ever implementation of IMO legislation. It stipulates that all vessels trading internationally must carry a valid ISPS certificate from July 1, 2004
"From July 1, 2004," noted Dahl, "ships not complying with the ISPS Code risk the danger of being detained in ports or being deferred from entering ports. One year ahead with its certification, Bergesen will gain extremely valuable experience in complying with the regulations without risking disruption of trade."
Svein Erik Amundsen, chief executive officer of Bergesen commented: "This is a new field for all of us, including the flag state, the classification society, the seafarers and the shipowners. Through good cooperation between all parties, we have helped to set a good standard for the ISPS Code implementation process."
DNV is committed to helping its customers deal with the new code. For the past 24 months, the Society has conducted extensive research and pilot studies to prepare ahead.
"With over 40,000 vessels and 20,000 port facilities to be incorporated under the code, it is vital that the new requirements are as practical as possible to maintain the flow of trade and increase worldwide security levels," said DNVs security project manager Karl Morten Wiklund.