The Company shall designate a company security officer. A person designated as the company security officer may act as the company security officer for one or more ships, depending on the number or types of ships the Company operates provided it is clearly identified for which ships this person is responsible. A Company may, depending on the number or types of ships they operate designate several persons as company security officers provided it is clearly identified for which ships each person is responsible.
In addition to those specified elsewhere in this Part of the Code, the duties and responsibilities of the company security officer shall include, but are not limited to: .
- Advising the level of threats likely to be encountered by the ship, using appropriate security assessments and other relevant information;
- Ensuring that ship security assessments are carried out;
- Ensuring the development, the submission for approval, and thereafter the implementation and maintenance of the ship security plan;
- Ensuring that the ship security plan is modified, as appropriate, to correct deficiencies and satisfy the security requirements of the individual ship;
- Arranging for internal audits and reviews of security activities;
- Arranging for the initial and subsequent verifications of the ship by the Administration or the recognized security organization;
- Ensuring that deficiencies and non-conformities identified during internal audits, periodic reviews, security inspections and verifications of compliance are promptly addressed and dealt with;
- Enhancing security awareness and vigilance;
- Ensuring adequate training for personnel responsible for the security of the ship;
- Ensuring effective communication and co-operation between the ship security officer and the relevant port facility security officers;
- Ensuring consistency between security requirements and safety requirements;
- Ensuring that, if sister-ship or fleet security plans are used, the plan for each ship reflects the ship-specific information accurately; and
- Ensuring that any alternative or equivalent arrangements approved for a particular ship or group of ships are implemented and maintained.