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January 5, 2004

Panama recognizes more RSO's

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued a circular indicating that it has increased the number of Recognized Security Organizations authorized to evaluate Ship Security Plans (SSP's) on its behalf. In addition to Phoenix Maritime Services, the authority now recognizes the U.K. based Universal Security Group and ST Education and Training Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering.

The SSP's are required to implement the ISPS Code, which the Panama Maritime Authority outlines as a four-step process:
1)      The elaboration of the Ship Security Plans (SSP);
2)      The evaluation of the Ship Security Plans (SSP);
3)      The verification of the Ship Security Plans (SSP);and
4)      The issuance of the Full Term ISSC (five years validity).
Owners of Panamanian registered ships must must submit their plans to Phoenix Vessel Services, Universal Security Group  or ST Education and Training, Pte, Ltd. for plan.

Following evaluation of the plan by shipowners will be notified of the approval so they can contact an RSO (Verifier) to carry  out the verification on board. 

Panama has authorized following RSOs for the verification process:
1.      American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
2.      Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
3.      Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
4.      Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
5.      Ferriby Marine
6.      Panama Bureau of Shipping S.A. (PBS)
7.      Panama Maritime Quality Services, Inc.
8.      Panama Register Corporation (PRC)
9.      Bureau Veritas (BV)
10.    China Classification Society (CCS)
11.    Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
The RSO carrying out the verification will then submit a report to the Panama Maritime Authority detailing the inspection carried out and determining that the vessel is found in compliance with the approved ship security plan. The Panama Maritime Authority will then issue an International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) to the vessel.

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