Security for ships and port facilities
Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security
WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS REGULATION?
All EU countries must fully apply the amended SOLAS and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code to international shipping by 1 July 2004. For the main domestic passenger ships, the deadline is 1 July 2005.
By 1 July 2007, all EU countries, after conducting a mandatory security risk assessment, must decide the extent to which they apply the measures to other categories of domestic shipping.
Each EU country informs the IMO, the European Commission and other EU countries of the measures it has taken. These include details of contact focal points for maritime security designated by each EU country.
Ships covered by the special measures and intending to enter an EU port must provide security information to the relevant national authorities:
at least 24 hours in advance; or
at the latest when it leaves its previous port if the journey time is less than 24 hours; or
as soon as its port of call is known, if this was unknown when it departed.
Scheduled shipping services that are sailing between ports on their own territory or between 2 EU countries may be exempt from providing pre-arrival information, so long as they do so if requested by the authorities.
National authorities maintain a list of companies and ships benefitting from the exemption and update it regularly.
By 1 July 2004, EU countries had to designate a focal point for maritime security.
FROM WHEN DOES THIS REGULATION APPLY?
It has applied since 1 July 2004.
* KEY TERMS
Maritime security: a combination of preventive measures to protect shipping and port facilities against threats of intentional unlawful acts.
Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security (OJ L 129, 29.4.2004, pp. 6-91)
Successive amendments to Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 have been incorporated in to the original document. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.
last update 01.08.2016