N.T. BRANCH CIRCULAR NO : NT/ISPS/03/2007
Dated :18th January, 2007
Subject : Standard procedure for testing of Ship Security Alert System
It has been observed while carrying out the test of Ship Security Alert System, that on several occasions, the test of Ship Security Alert System is carried out in the "TEST" mode.
All Indian Ship owners, Company Security Officers, Masters and others concerned may please note that the SSAS test is to be carried out in the "LIVE" mode only.
Attention is invited to ISPS Circular: NT/ISPS/COM/06/2004- SHIP SECURITY ALERT SYSTEM, dated 1st July 2004. Upon acquisition of a ship/ fitting of SSAS equipment, CSOs are to ensure that Annex "A" and Annex "B" attached to this circular, alongwith the details of the service provider/ user name and log in ID are conveyed by e-mail to the DG Commcentre well in advance, preferably one day prior to the conduct of the test.
The standard procedure for testing of Ship Security Alert System is as follows:
1. E-mail DG Commcentre the following information at least three hours in advance when requesting for a test :
a) Name of the vessel and its present position
and time (UTC) and IST of the test.
DG Commcentre will acknowledge confirming the conduct of the test. It may be
noted that SSAS tests with
other ship/s may have already been scheduled at the proposed time, in which
case, the DG Commcentre would
advise the earliest suitable time for the conduct of the test.
ship staff may then carry out the SSAS test as per schedule, first from
CSO/ Master shall confirm by phone whether the Alert has been received by DG
Commcentre. DG Commcentre
will then advise if all details provided in the alert are correct, or
5. If all details received are correct, DG Commcentre will advise to reset the alert and then proceed to test from Location 2
6. When testing from Location 2, WAIT FOR about 30 minutes for alert to go to Level 3.
7. Call DG Commcentre to confirm whether alert Level 3 has been received.
Commcentre will confirm whether all is OK, or otherwise. If all is OK, DG
Commcentre will advise the CSO/
Master to reset the system.
resetting the system, the CSO/ Master to send an email to DG Commcentre
stating that the "SSAS test has
been completed and all subsequent alerts may be treated as true alerts."
Request for compliance may be
10. Commcentre will then revert compliance by email if tests were OK or advise further testing/ rectification, as required.
drawn to ISPS Circular
NT/ISPS/COM/06/2004 dated 1st July 2004,
SUB: SHIP SECURITY
All ship owners, CSOs, Masters and managers are advised to adhere to and comply with this circular without any deviation.
owners, ship managers and Masters are requested to peruse this draft
circular and offer their comments. If