362 - 05/04 - USCG ISPS Code / MTSA Inspection Criteria - USA
The USCG programme now incorporates changes that integrate verification and enforcement of the ISPS Code and MTSA 2002 into the Port State Control safety examinations hitherto carried out. Itrelies on several elements to ensure that ships not in compliance with safety and security standards do not enter or pose a hazard to the United States. These elements focus on poor performance of owners, operators, charterers, flag Administrations and recognized organizations (RO) or recognized security organizations (RSO) through:
- risk-based screening of ships;
- on board verification on potentially non-compliant ships; and
- enforcement actions that may include denial of entry, detention, or ordering a ship out of port.
It is not the intention of the USCG to inspect all items listed in the checklist during each individual examination. It will be used by the inspector as a reminder of the various items that may be examined during a security examination. It is divided into three sections:1
Section A -Complete certificates / equipment data / records information2 Section B - Review vessel security practices and competencies3 Section C - Expanded examination (only if clear grounds are exist).We advise Members to familiarise themselves with the attached document and to inform their ships' masters accordingly.Source of information: United States Coast Guard