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Security of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS-Code)

Since July 2004 comprehensive security measures, developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to improve maritime security, apply to ships and port facilities all over the world. The ISPS code applies, inter alia, to cargo ships of 500 GT and above and to passenger ships regardless of size, engaged on international voyages, as well as to port facilities serving such ships.

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Modern piracy is a severe threat to shipping, especially on the trade routes between Europe, Africa and Asia. Crew members and passengers have been and continue to be injured, abducted or even killed in pirate attacks.

There are various options to fight piracy: Shipowners should observe the latest warning notices and safety levels, when operating ships in areas threatened by piracy. Crews should be prepared by training and their ships fitted with appropriate defence technology. Last but not least, privately contracted armed security personnel provide additional protection against piracy.

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If you have any additional questions, please e-mail Maritime Security or phone +49 40 3190 - 7420


External links:
International Maritime Organization
Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure
International Labour Organization

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