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Ship Security - ISPS

Ensuring the continued compliance of all Bermuda registered ships with the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) Code is the responsibility of the Bermuda Shipping and Maritime Authority and is not routinely delegated to Recognised Organisations.

All ships are required to have a Ship Security Plan (SSP) and this must be approved by Bermuda. Obtaining approval is straightforward and managers may send their plans to BSMA at:

After submission to Bermuda one of the surveyors will review the SSP and once it has been verified as complying with the requirements of the ISPS Code the front cover, amendments page and any other appropriate pages will be printed, signed and stamped as evidence of the approval. These will also be accompanied by a formal letter of approval and all documents will be returned electronically. Once received these should be printed and inserted into the SSP.

Bermuda policy is for the ISPS interim, initial, intermediate and renewal verifications to be completed by Bermuda auditors wherever possible. These are normally completed in conjunction with the ISM and MLC audits which are harmonised to reduce the number of ship attendances required.

Bermuda will consider delegating completion of the interim audits to the vessel’s Classification Society for vessel deliveries and ships transferring into the Bermuda register.

Applications for audits should be made in good time and Bermuda will always work closely with managers to schedule audits and inspections to suit the ship’s schedule and to be as cost efficient as possible.

Please send applications for audits together with the ship's known or anticipated itinerary to: