EMSA Interim Guidance on Maritime Security for Member States


(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This document provides guidance to assist Member States in achieving a harmonised and effective implementation of Union law in the field of maritime security, particularly Regulation (EC) No 725/2004 of 31 March 2004 on enhancing ship and port facility security (hereinafter referred to as the Regulation) and Directive 2005/65/EC of 26 October 2005 on enhancing port security (hereinafter referred to as the Directive).

In particular, this guidance focuses on administrative and control tasks that need to be executed by Member States’ Competent Authorities for maritime security in relation to the following areas:

    • Member State obligations;
    • Role as flag State;
    • Role of Recognised Security Organisations (RSOs);
    • Role as port State (i.e. Duly Authorised Officers, DAO);
    • Port Facilities;
    • Communication of information.

It should be noted that this document is not intended as a manual for ship and port/port facility security. It does not address every single aspect of this activity; such aspects are already covered by a vast array of literature published by various industry stakeholders. Instead, the added value of the document is to provide guidance on selected aspects of this activity where the feedback from maritime security inspections led by the European Commission in Member States with the assistance of EMSA allows to highlight key regulatory requirements, providing more clarity where possible, together with recommendations and best management practices as a complement to the said requirements.

In this, the guidance recalls considerations and interpretations agreed upon, within the MARSEC Committee and takes into account IMO instruments as relevant. Member States are recommended to refer to these documents as necessary. Moreover, since the work of all parties involved in maritime security in Member States and the work of the European Commission inspectors are a continuous progress, the outcomes shown in this document should be in continuous development.

You can download the Interim Guidance on Maritime Security V2022, below:



Source: EMSA


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