Lloyd’s Register – Fairplay launched a new web-based risk assessment tool designed to assist Shipping Company Security Officers (CSOs) to comply with the requirements of the new ISPS code. Sea-Sentinel provides details of over 8,200 ports, terminals and facilities together with the latest risk pointers and security related news. The service brings together the resources of Lloyd's Register - Fairplay, Jane's Information Group and Maritime and Underwater Security Consultants and provides global, up-to-date coverage of events which may affect the security of vessels wherever they may be trading.
The ISPS code, which comes into effect on 1st July 2004, requires that CSOs gather information on threat assessments affecting ports at which ships are expected to call, or at which passengers will embark or disembark, and about the port facilities and protective measures in place. When auditing compliance with the ISPS code, recognised security organisations and flag state officers will be looking for evidence that potential threats have been investigated and their significance has been assessed.
Sea-Sentinel is accessible via a secure Internet service. Its databases are updated every working day. In addition, the e-mail service provides daily updates, which include the latest security and risk-related news, plus any changes made to country risk pointers and analysis. While the service has been developed specifically to meet the information needs of CSOs, as described under SOLAS regulations XI, it will also be of interest to all those involved in ensuring safe and efficient maritime transportation including: - marine insurance companies, banks, lawyer, agents, brokers, charterers, port and flag state and administrations.