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SSAS Carriage Requirements

SOLAS Regulation XI-2/6

SOLAS Regulation XI-2/6 requires ships to be provided with a ship security alert system. The intent of the ship security alert system is to send a covert signal from a ship that will not be obvious to those unaware of the alert mechanism. It is therefore of use in circumstances where a ship wishes to inform a person ashore about a problem while ensuring a minimum number of persons onboard are aware of the action. The procedures for the security alert are agreed with the ship’s Administration and ideally should be unique to the ship.

New container ships and new ro-ro cargo ships (i.e. container and ro-ro cargo ships constructed on or after 1 July 2004) are required to comply with the requirements of regulation XI-2/6 on ship security alert systems on the date they enter service.

Existing container ships and existing ro-ro cargo ships (i.e. container and ro-ro cargo ships constructed before 1 July 2004) are considered, for the purpose of regulation XI-2/6, as other cargo ships and are required to comply with the requirements for ship security alert system not later than the first survey of their radio installation after 1 July 2006.

Passenger ships includes ro-ro passenger ships. Thus, new ro-ro passenger ships (i.e. ro-ro passenger ships constructed on or after 1 July 2004) are required to comply with the requirements of regulation XI-2/6 on ship security alert systems on the date they enter service. Existing ro-ro passenger ships (i.e. ro-ro passenger ships constructed before 1 July 2004) are required to comply with the requirements for ship security alert system not later than the first survey of their radio installation after 1 July 2004.

Regulation I/3(a)(vi) states that the present regulation (the term regulation is defined in regulation I/2(a) as meaning the regulations contained in the annex to the 1974 SOLAS Convention), unless expressly provided otherwise, do not apply to fishing vessels. Regulation XI-2/2.1 indicates the classes of ships to which the special measures to enhance maritime security apply and does not include fishing vessels. Thus, fishing vessels, irrespective of their size, are not required to be provided with ship security alert systems. However, nothing prohibits a State requiring the fishing vessels flying its flag to be provided with ship security alert systems.

The Maritime Safety Committee has recognized that in a number of occasions certain container ships may meet, in terms of speed, the definition of a high-speed craft. However, such container ships should be treated as cargo ships and not a high-speed crafts falling under the scope of the High Speed Craft Codes.

Codes that apply to SSAS

(a) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Chapter XI-2/6.
(b) International Maritime Organization MSC Circulars 622, 623, and 1073.

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