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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 identity.
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 with Agent.
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 visit purpose.
Oil Terminals and Local Authority Offices should be aware of this precaution imposed by the International Convention SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code.
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 the ship.

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tout un poème!
septembre 2004
Cdt P. Grall
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