Glossary

International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) charge

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International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS ) is a security measure put into place in response to the 9/11 attacks by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) as part of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.

ISPS assigns responsibilities to governments, shipping companies, shipping personnel, and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventative measures against those threats affecting ships or ports used in international trade.

An ISPS fee covers the cost of the comprehensive set of measures enhancing global security of ships and port facilities.