Circular 12/04: ISPS (International Ship And Port Facility Security) Code - Evidence of Certification

 OutlineCircular Ref. 8/03 dated June 2003) the ISPS Code comes into effect on 1st July, 2004, in relation to all passenger ships, to cargo ships (including high speed craft) of 500 gt or more, to mobile offshore drilling units, and to port facilities serving such ships engaged on international voyages., or phone +44 20 7204 2062/2072) or phone +44 20 7204 2147)

  • Under Rule 5K (as amended for 2004) Members are required to maintain valid statutory certificates in relation to the ISPS Code.
  • The Club may need copies of ISSCs when dealing with serious or security related claims or considering requests for Club guarantees.
  • The Club will require sight of valid ISSCs as a general condition of renewal in 2005.


  • Members can minimize the risk of delay by placing details of ISSCs on record with the Association in advance.


Dear Sirs


Members should be aware that (as advised in the Association’s

From 1st July, 2004, all such ships will have to carry an International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) to evidence their compliance with the mandatory requirements of the ISPS Code and with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter XI-2.

Members should also be aware that Rule 5K of the Association was amended for the 2004 policy year to require that valid statutory certificates be maintained in relation to the ISPS Code. The Rule makes clear that an owner cannot recover in respect of any claim arising during a period when valid certificates are not maintained, unless and to the extent that the Directors otherwise decide.

The Managers' London Agents may therefore wish to see copies of ISSCs before considering requests to provide guarantees on behalf of the Association, and may wish to make similar checks when dealing with other serious, or security related, claims. Members can minimize the risk of delay in considering requests for guarantees by placing details of ISSCs on record with the Association in advance. For this purpose Members may send copies of certificates to the above address, for attention Sue Jamieson / Julie Page, or through their usual means of contact.

Members are advised that the Association will require to have seen valid ISSCs as a general condition of renewal for the 2005 policy year. The Application Form for new entries in the Association will also be revised to include ISSC details.

Yours faithfully



  • Members with queries about submission of certificates should contact Sue Jamieson or Julie Page (
  • For security related questions on coverage, contact Nigel Carden (

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