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International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)

Published July 1, 2004

The International Maritime Organization states that the ISPS Code  “is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States… The purpose of the Code is to provide a standardised, consistent framework for evaluating risk, enabling Governments to offset changes in threat with changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities through determination of appropriate security levels and corresponding security measures.” It is an amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention. It was signed in December 2002 and entered into force on  July 1, 2004.