Safety & Security Standards
Committed To Maintain International Standard for Safe Management and Operation of Ships
The adoption of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which came into effect on 1st July 2004, is the latest response of the international community to the increasing threat posed by acts of terrorism at sea. The ISPS Code establishes an international framework for involving co-operation between contracting governments, government agencies, administrations, and the shipping and port industries to assess, detect and take counter-measures in order to prevent future acts of terrorism within the maritime industry.
As the regulations apply to all vessels under its ambit, PIL has, among other things, installed the automatic identification system (AIS) to enhance vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore identification and communication, on board installation of ship security alert system (SSAS), the development of vessel security plans, conducted shore-to-ship security exercises, and ensured compliance with flag state security certification requirements.
All vessels have obtained a valid International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) that attests to the vessel's compliance with SOLAS security requirements and the ISPS Code.
The ISM Code
The International Safety Management (ISM) Code provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships, and for pollution prevention, which PIL and its vessels have duly complied with.
The ISM Code requires PIL to develop, implement and maintain a Safety Management System (SMS) in relation to the ISM Code. PIL's SMS include, among other things:
A safety and environmental protection policy, that is implemented and maintained both on board our ships as well as on shore; instructions and procedures to ensure safe operation of the ships and protection of the environment in compliance with the relevant international and flag state legislation; procedures for reporting accidents, or to prepare for and respond to emergency situations; and procedures for external and internal audits and management reviews.
PIL started implementing its SMS on the 1st November 1998, well before the 1st July 2002 dateline. The Company has since May 1999 been issued with Document(s) of Compliance (DOC) under the authority of the Governments of the Republic of Singapore, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of The People's Republic of China, Malaysia and Republic of Indonesia.
Each of the Company's vessels has also been issued a Safety Management Certificate (SMC) under the approved Classification Society of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK) or Lloyd's Register (LR), certifying that the SMS of the ship has been audited and that it complies with the requirements of the ISM Code.