This includes the protection of the seaports themselves, the protection and inspection of the cargo moving through the ports, and maritime security.
The first version was adopted inin response to the Titanic disaster, the second inthe third inand the fourth in The version includes the tacit acceptance procedure - which provides that an amendment shall enter into force on a specified date unless, before that date, objections to the amendment are received from an agreed number of Parties.
As a result the Convention has been updated and amended on numerous occasions. It was adopted in response to the devastating terrorist acts of September 11 in the United States, following which, the international community recognised the need to protect the international maritime transport sector against the threat of terrorism.
IMO responded swiftly and firmly by developing these new requirements, which are a by-product of cooperation between Governments, Government agencies, local administrations and shipping and port industries.
Read more The Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation SUA Convention, including the and Protocols Concern about unlawful acts which threaten the safety of ships and the security of their passengers and crews grew during the s, with reports of crews being kidnapped, ships being hi-jacked, deliberately run aground or blown up by explosives.
Passengers were threatened and sometimes killed. The main purpose of the Convention is to ensure that appropriate action is taken against persons committing unlawful acts against ships.
Among other unlawful acts covered by the Convention, the following noteworthy provisions are outlined under Article 3: Furthermore, the Convention obliges Contracting Governments either to extradite or prosecute alleged offenders.
Article 3bis Unlawful acts provisions With regards to Article 3 of the SUA Convention, the Protocols add a new Article 3bis which clarifies under what conditions a person commits an offence within the meaning of the Convention.
Article 8bis Boarding provisions Article 8 of the SUA Convention covers the responsibilities and roles of the master of the ship, flag State and receiving State in delivering to the authorities of any State Party any person believed to have committed an offence under the Convention, including the furnishing of evidence pertaining to the alleged offence.
A new Article 8bis in the Protocol covers co-operation and procedures to be followed if a State Party desires to board a ship flying the flag of a State Party when the requesting Party has reasonable grounds to suspect that the ship or a person on board the ship is, has been, or is about to be involved in, the commission of an offence under the Convention.
Article 11bis and 11ter Extradition provisions Article 11 covers extradition procedures. A new Article 11bis states that none of the offences should be considered for the purposes of extradition as a political offence. New article 11ter states that the obligation to extradite or afford mutual legal assistance need not apply if the request for extradition is believed to have been made for the purpose of prosecuting or punishing a person on account of that person's race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political opinion or gender, or that compliance with the request would cause prejudice to that person's position for any of these reasons.
New Article 2bis of the Protocol broadens the range of offences contained in the Fixed Platforms Protocol. Overseeing maritime security matters within MSF is a small team of staff supported by specialist consultants.
This multilateral and cooperative effort ensures that the response in dealing with major maritime security threats and incidents around the world is adequate and effective, at national, regional and international levels.
IMO's maritime security global and regional technical cooperation programmes entail a complementary series of national and regional seminars, workshops, needs assessment missions, etc. In the Organization successfully delivered more than 50 activities around the world, making maritime security one of the largest capacity building programmes in the Organization.
IMO has endeavoured to make the information on this website as accurate as possible but cannot take responsibility for any errors. The working languages are English, French and Spanish. Some content on this site is available in all official languages. The majority is presented in the working languages.Maritime and Port Security Ports of entry, coastlines, and waterways are vital transportation channels that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
The U.S. has more than 12, miles of coastline and hundreds of ports that require continuous protection. Cruise Accomplishments in Sustainability. The Port of Seattle is proud to be the largest and fastest growing cruise market on the West Coast. For the past 14 years the Port has prioritized protecting the environment while growing into a $ Updated information regarding piracy threats and information helpful in understanding, implementing and maintaining compliance with maritime security regulations can be found in various Marine Notices, Marine Guidelines, Ship Security Advisories and Marine Safety Advisories.
Port security Mobile radio passive radar helps protect ports, coastal communities Airports are subject to careful security surveillance, but many coastal towns and ports are not; they often lack radar installations to keep track of small boats, meaning that terrorists could easily use speedboats to approach the coastline and bring explosives on.
International Maritime Security (IMS) is a leading global expert in the provision and implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, .
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