Busan Regional Office of Oceans & Fisheries

Maritime Safety


International Code for the Security of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS)

Current security level

Security level of Busan Port: Grade 1

Security level of vessels with Korean registry: Grade 1

※ Security level setup (grade 1: normal, grade 2: alert, grade 3: emergency)

Foreign vessels applicable to ISPS Code should place a notification 24 hours before their arrival.

Seafarers and Maritime Safety Division

Tel +82-51-609-6531, Fax +82-51-609-6529

Guidelines for employees in the port facilities

Wear ID card whenever coming in and out of the port facilities

Employees working at harbors should wear their vests

Vehicles should be parked in the designated parking lot

Cooperate actively with security guards upon any request for inspection.

Background of ISPS code establishment

In the wake of September 11 Flight Terror, IMO decided to come up with a series of measures to strengthen maritime security at the 22nd Conference (November 2001)

The International Code for the Security of Ships and of Port Facilities (draft) was prepared through the meetings of specialists (February ~ September 2002).

SOLAS Chapter XI-2 (Special measures to enhance maritime security) and ISPS code were newly established.

IMO diplomatic conference adopted ISPS code (December 12, 2002/effective on July 1, 2004)

※ ISPS Code: International Code for the Security of Ships and of Port Facilities

ISPS code overview

Composition: Preface, Part A and Part B

-Part A: Mandatory requirements in relation with SOLAS Chapter XI-2
-Part B: Providing essential considerations to adopt in applying the guidance as a guideline of the provisions of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code Part A

Mandatory regulation kept by governments, port authorities and shipping companies to prevent any actions to deteriorate the safety for vessels, passengers (crew), cargo and port facilities

-Ships must have ISSC to navigate, after getting an approval of SSP and security assessment.
-Port must assess the security conditions and establish/enforce a security plan.

Divisions Main contents Application
Ships (Including Shipping Companies) - Designate and train the ship and company security officers
- Prepare ship security assessment and plan
- Carry an international ship security certificate (5 years)
- Install a ship security alert device
International passenger ship, Cargo ships and mobile structures on the sea heavier than 500 tons
Port facilities - Prepare port security assessment and plan
- Designate port facilities security officer
- Install and operate security equipment
ports used by the international ships
Government - Security examinations for both home and foreign ships and issue certificates
- Educate and train company and ship security officers
- Issue a certificate of port facility's appropriateness (5years)
- Submit data about security of ships and port facilities to IMO
- Inspect a foreign ship's security conditions
Carried out by the regional office

Background regulations

Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) Chapter XI-1 and Chapter XI-2

The Act on the Security of Ships with the International Navigation and Port Facilities (Established on 3 July 2007, Enforced on 29 February 2008)

Application in Korea

Ships (383): Passenger ships (7), cargo ships (375) and mobile structure on the sea (1)

Port: 28 trading ports across the nation.


Notification form of entrance to Busan port 24 hours before