discussed at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have
been suggested as a means to reduce the risk of terrorists using
merchant ships as a means to spread terrorist activity.
to the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), such
initiatives will serve to protect ships from being used for terrorist
activity and other crimes. Historically, the burden of implementing
preventative measures aimed at suppressing drug smuggling, piracy
and armed robbery against ships, including stowaway boardings,
has predominately been placed on ships crews, but the proposals
studied by the Intersessional Working Group will, if implemented,
also compel ports to review their security arrangements. The IMO's
Intersessional Working Group on Maritime Security took place from
11 to 15 February 2002 at the IMO's Headquarters in London, United
Kingdom. BIMCO actively represented its members at the working
group and two sub-groups that looked at security guidance for
ports and ships as well as possible amendments to the Advice on
Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention addressing security.
historically endorsed and actively promoted improved security
measures on ships by encouraging its members to:
in anti-drug smuggling agreements which include commitments to
improve security arrangements on board ships and the exchange
of information between ship owners and customs administrations,
2. place the
BIMCO ShipMaster's Security Manual and the BIMCO Vessel CD-Rom
on board ships as training and reference tools that include IMO
guidelines for the prevention of drug smuggling, piracy and armed
robbery against ships and stowaway boardings.
supports the IMO's present efforts aimed at enhancing security
in a maritime environment and will continue to actively participate
in and promote these efforts.