THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE,
RECALLING Article 28(b) of the Convention on the
International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the
RECALLING ALSO resolution
A.886(21), by which the Assembly resolved that the functions of adopting
performance standards for radio and navigational equipment, as well as
amendments thereto, shall be performed by the Maritime Safety Committee on
behalf of the Organization,
FURTHER the provisions of the new chapter XI-2 of the International
Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended, and the
requirements of regulation XI-2/5, that all ships shall be provided with a
ship security alert system,
that, for security reasons, a ship security alert system is necessary on
board for initiating and transmitting a ship-to-shore security alert to a
competent authority designated by the Administration,
HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation on revision of
resolution MSC.136(76) made by the Sub-Committee on Radiocommunications and
Search and Rescue at its seventh session,
1. ADOPTS the Revised Recommendation on Performance Standards
for a Ship Security Alert System, set out in the Annex to the present
Governments to ensure that a ship security alert system:
(a) if installed on or after 1 July 2004, conforms to
performance standards not inferior to those specified in the Annex to the
(b) if installed before 1 July
2004, conforms to performance standards not inferior to those specified in
the Annex to resolution MSC.136(76).
Annex Revised recommandations on performance standards for a Ship Security Alert System
1.1 The ship security alert system is
provided to a ship for the purpose of transmitting a security alert
to the shore to indicate to a competent authority that the security
of the ship is under threat or has been compromised. It comprises a
minimum of two activation points, one of which is on the navigation
bridge. These initiate the transmission of a ship security alert.
The system is intended to allow a covert activation to be made which
alerts the competent authority ashore and does not raise an alarm on
board ship nor alert other ships.
1.2 As required by its Administration, the competent
authority receiving the alert notifies the authority responsible for
maritime security within its Administration, the coastal State(s) in
whose vicinity the ship is presently operating, or other Contracting
procedures for the use of the ship security alert system and the
location of the activation points are given in the ship security
plan agreed by the Administration.
1.4 The ship security alert system may
utilise the radio installation provided for compliance with chapter
IV of the SOLAS Convention, other radio systems provided for general
communications or dedicated radio systems.
2.1 In addition to complying with the
general requirements set out in resolution A.694(17)1,
the ship security alert system should comply with the following
2.2 The radio system used for the ship security alert
systems should comply with relevant international standards.
1 Publication IEC60945.
3 Power supply
3.1 Where the ship security alert system
is powered from the ship.s main source of electrical power, it
should, in addition, be possible to operate the system from an
alternative source of power.
4 Activation points
4.1 Activation points should be capable
of being used on the navigation bridge and in other locations. They
should be protected against inadvertent operation. It should not be
necessary for the user to remove seals or to break any lid or cover
in order to operate any control.
5.1 The activation points should operate
a radio system such that transmission of the security alert does not
require any adjustment of the radio system, i.e. tuning of channels,
setting of modes or menu options. Operation of the activation point
should not cause any alarm or indication to be raised on the ship.
5.2 The operation of
the ship security alert system should not impair the functionality
of the GMDSS installation.
6 Transmission of security alerts
6.1 In all cases, transmission initiated
by security alert system activation points should include a unique
code/identifier indicating that the alert has not been generated in
accordance with GMDSS distress procedures. The transmission should
include the ship identity and current position associated with a
date and time. The transmission should be addressed to a shore
station and should not be addressed to ship stations.
6.2 The ship security
alert system, when activated, should continue the ship security
alert until deactivated and/or reset.
7.1 The ship security alert system should
be capable of being tested.