International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS)

The International Ship and Port Facility Security code (ISPS) requires that ships in ports can only be visited with the permission of the shipowner's agent on behalf of the master. Royal Dirkzwager offers a quick and secure ISPS service to facilitate the announcement of on-board visits in the ports of Rotterdam, Amsterdam and soon Antwerp.

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ISPS is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities. Visitors can use the ISPS module of Ship2Report or the ISPS app to notify their intended visit, which will then be received by the responsible ship's agent. If the agent approves the visit, it will be forwarded to the terminal where the ship is docked. If the terminal also grants permission, the visitor can proceed to visit the ship without any issues.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has developed a safety standard for better security of ships and port facilities: the ISPS Code (International Standard Port Security). The safety regulations included in the code aim to prevent unauthorized access to ships and port areas. Therefore, anyone who wants to visit a ship in a port must register in advance. Requesting, approving (or rejecting) and providing feedback for these visits are daily tasks that take up a lot of time. The process of registering ship visits is quite cumbersome.


ISPS Announcements

Visiting ships in ports is only allowed if the ship’s agent, on behalf of the captain, gives permission. Anyone who wants to board a ship must register through the ISPS registration service.


ISPS Approvals

The ship’s agent receives these registrations through the system and can easily approve or reject each registration. The


ISPS Approved Visitor Lists

After approval, the registration is forwarded to the relevant terminal(s). This way, the terminals always have an up-to-date overview of approved visitors to ships on their terminal. The ISPS registration service automatically provides status updates of the registrations to the agent and the requester. If the terminal also approves the visitor’s request, the visitor can report to the gate without any issues.