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Le nouveau code ISPS... en réel
(International Ship and Port Facility Security Code)
Mésaventures récentes d'un VLCC français ( 300 000 mt ) au Japon
JPG : Japan Coast Guard
ID : identity card or equivalent
début du rapport
Ship and Port were operating at level 1.
Security check-lists have been exchanged prior to arrival and Agent has
been advised that access will be denied to any person without proof of
Before arrival, Agent advised that 4 JCG will board on Sept 01st for ISPS
checks and investigation.
With prior permission from Japanese Coast Guard, vessel dropped anchor on
arrival on September 31st pm, to wait for daylight berthing.
On 01st am, a first boat brought 4 JCG and 4 Cargo Surveyors. One of the
cargo Surveyors was not carrying any ID document. Chief Officer was present
at the access location (gangway), and after a long discussion, the surveyor
has been accepted provided that he is staying only the time of tank
inspection, and that he will be permanently escorted by one crewmember.
JCG did a long paper work checking ISPS certificates, ship's security plan,
procedures and records, SSAS equipment including pictures of Primary Alert
button and antenna.
All this has been done during approach to SBM, with Pilot on bridge. A long
checklist has been filled in.
After 2 hours, once vessel was alongside, 2 Japanese Customs Officers came
Chief Officer met them at the gangway, but they refused to enter their
names and sign in our Visitor log or any other document arguing that their
uniform of Japanese Officials should be sufficient to get free access to
ships. After having called their hierarchy on the phone, they even refused
to decline their identity.
Have warned Agent that in the future, nobody will be allowed to access to
ship if he is not able to show a proof of identity, whatever his rank, and
Oil Terminals and Local Authority Offices should be aware of this
precaution imposed by the International Convention SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and
The irony is that during a PSC on April 12th 2004 in the same port of
Nakagusuku, we and Owners have been tendered a Notification letter from
Tokyo MOU Maritime Authority of Japan, stating that starting from July
01st, the lack of control of access to the vessel will be regarded as a
deficiency which may involve delay, and result in detention or expulsion of
Fin du rapport
tout un poème!
Cdt P. Grall
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