Shipmasters Security Manual 2019
The BIMCO Shipmaster’s Security Manual is dedicated to helping members protect their crews, ships and operations against the challenges posed by pirates, drug smugglers, stowaways, terrorists and migrants. It provides guidance on the comprehensive regulatory framework that exists in the security field.
Preventative measures against these risks are not, however, restricted to actions to be taken by the ship’s officers and crew. Shipowners and operators can actively motivate their seafarers to mitigate risks through the adoption of company policies and training within each of the specific areas.
The world economy and international trade are dependent on transportation by sea, with the shipping industry handling approximately 90% of the volume of global trade. The BIMCO Shipmaster’s Security Manual is dedicated to helping members protect their crews, ships and operations against the challenges posed by pirates, cyber criminals, drug smugglers, stowaways, terrorists and migrants. The manual also provides guidance on the comprehensive regulatory framework that exists in the security field.
There are six chapters entitled Piracy, Cyber security, Smuggling, SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS code, Stowaways and Mass mixed migration by sea. These chapters contain guidance on how to best manage security incidents and on which mitigating measures can be implemented to reduce the risk of such incidents occurring.
For the sake of clarity and where possible, the various guidelines have been printed in their original format and included as annexes, eg as Maritime Safety Committee Circulars. The annexes constitute an important part of the manual and should be read in their entirety. Very bulky official guidelines, such as the ISPS Code or SOLAS, have not been included because these are expected to be on board most ships.
The Shipmaster’s Security Manual is not intended to constitute a complete set of procedures. Rather, it aims to clarify the existing framework of guidelines and highlight areas where a ship’s master must pay attention so as to mitigate risks to the ship, the crew and/or safe operations. These preventative measures are also applicable to ship owners and operators, who can actively motivate their seafarers to mitigate risks through the adoption of company policies and training within each of the specific areas.
An integral part of the due diligence process is to carry out a risk assessment of the activities of the ship under given threat scenarios and apply the necessary defensive measures to prevent or mitigate the threat. A risk assessment can only be carried out successfully if the actual threat to the ship and the ship’s vulnerabilities are assessed, which is not an easy task. To aid members in their due diligence process, BIMCO recommends that a full security risk assessment should be conducted prior to any transit.
ANNEX 1A Global Counter Piracy Guidance
ANNEX 1B Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
ANNEX 1C Use of Armed Guards
ANNEX 1D Revised Interim Guidance to Shipowners, Ship Operators and Shipmasters on the Use of Armed Guards
ANNEX 1E Interim Guidance to Private Maritime Security Companies on the Use of Armed Guards
ANNEX 1F GUARDCON
ANNEX 1G Rules for the Use of Force (RUF)
ANNEX 1H Construction and Use of Citadels
ANNEX 1I Humanitarian Support of Seafarers
ANNEX 1J IMB Piracy Reporting
ANNEX 2A Guidelines on Cyber Security
ANNEX 2B Cyber Security on Board Ships Poster
ANNEX 3B U.S. Sea Carrier Initiative Agreement
SOLAS XI-2 and the ISPS Code
ANNEX 4A Guidance on Control and Compliance Measures to Enhance Maritime Security
ANNEX 5A Allocation of Responsibilities to Seek the Successful Resolution of Stowaway Cases
ANNEX 5B Stowaway Clause
Mass Mixed Migration by Sea
ANNEX 6A Guidelines on Migrant Rescue
ANNEX 6B A Guide to Principles and Practice as Applied to Migrants and Refugees
BIMCO is the world’s largest direct-membership organisation for shipowners, charterers, shipbrokers and agents. In total, around 60% of the world’s merchant fleet is a BIMCO member, measured by tonnage (weight of the unloaded ships).
The organisation has NGO status and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with offices in Athens, Singapore and Shanghai.
With around 1900 member companies across 120 countries – from the largest shipowners in the world to small local port agents and law firms, BIMCO represents a wide range of maritime companies and organisations.
BIMCO’s goal is to secure a level playing field for the global shipping industry. BIMCO therefore works to promote and secure global standards and regulations for the maritime sector. The organisation’s century long effort into creating standard contracts and clauses is an expression of that aim.
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- 210 mm
- Book Width:
- 150 mm
- 2.2 kg