The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a comprehensive guide to prepare the shipping community for threats such as piracy, kidnapping, and terrorism.


ICS said that the shipping industry continues to face threats and operators need to stay alert to continually evolving security risks.

The publication – Maritime Security: A Comprehensive Guide for Shipowners, Seafarers and Administrations – draws on over twenty years’ experience of the growing security threats faced by shipping, ICS said.

Amongst other topics, the guide details statutory requirements that ships, shipping companies and port facilities must meet, and provides guidance on how to conduct a thorough threat assessment for a voyage. In addition, it provides a model ship security plan along with guidance on how to complete it.

Guy Platten, secretary general of the ICS, said: ““In the years since SOLAS and the ISPS Code set out the dedicated statutory framework for the issue, we have witnessed the emergence of a security culture in the industry with a growing awareness of security threats, and an understanding of the importance of following best practices to mitigate risks to seafarers and the global trade they sustain. This new guide provides invaluable information to help keep ahead of the situation.”

A copy can be ordered here.