General Information

International maritime security measures for ships and port facilities were adopted in December 2002, ie Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS Convention), and the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).

The implementation of these and other maritime security measures in the European Union is provided for  in Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 on Enhancing Ship and Port Facility Security, with effect from 1 July 2004.

The SOLAS amendments and ISPS Code apply to the following types of ships engaged on international voyages :

  • passenger ships, including high-speed passenger craft;
  • cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 gross tonnage and upwards; and
  • mobile offshore drilling units;
  • and to the port facilities serving such ships on international voyages.

The EU Regulation also includes provisions on the application of maritime security measures to domestic vessels with effect from 1 July 2007.

The Maritime Safety Directorate is the National Authority for the purposes of ISPS and the EU Regulation.   National provisions on such issues such as the obligations of ship companies, ship security officers, port facility security officers; authorised officers; and offences & penalties are included in the European Communities (Ship and Port Facilities) Regulation S.I. 413 of 2004

Contact Maritime Security Section at maritimesecurity@dttas.ie

Maritime Security Legislation & Marine Notices

EU Regulation on Enhancing Ship and Port Facility Security (EC) No. 725/2004,  which includes Annex 1 - Chapter XI of SOLAS, and Annex 2 ISPS Code

Commission Regulation Laying Down Procedures for Conducting Commission Inspections in the Field of Maritime Security (EC) No.884/2005

European Communities (Ship and Port Facilities) Regulation S.I. 413 of 2004

Marine Notice No. 14 of 2004 International Ship and Port Facility Security SOLAS Amendments 2002 (ISPS Code)

Please see the documents below for more detailed information.