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FAQs: Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI)


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Where can I get more information an advice?
Although CISR is not delegating any responsibilities under the ISPS Code to Classification Societies or other Recognized Security Organizations, most of these organizations have help and advice on their websites. The websites of the major Classification Societies can be found at . Advice from CISR can be obtained from , please ensure you include details of you Cayman Islands registered ships with your enquiry so we can offer the most relevant advice.
Do yachts over 300 GT require AIS in accordance with SOLAS V/19?
AIS is to be provided on all yachts which have been issued with a Certificate of Compliance for a Large Charter Yacht, regardless of whether the operate in a purely private capacity. Further, the CISR recommends the fitting of AIS to all yachts engaged on international voyages.
What are the acceptable methods for marking the Ship Identification Number on large yachts?
The CISR will accept marking of the external Ship Identification Number in line with the requirements for passenger ships. That is, the external marking may be on a horizontal surface visible from the air, providing the marking is clear of awnings and other obstructions. For yachts, transfers will be considered an acceptable method for externally marking the Ship Identification Number; provided these are clearly visible, clear of any other markings on the hull and of a contrasting colour to the hull.

When marking the Ship Identification Number internally in the machinery space, the following methods are considered acceptable:

Does the Ship Identification Number required by SOLAS XI-1/3 require the prefix “IMO” or is just the seven figure number acceptable?
The ship identification number must include the prefix “IMO”. That is, the number should be in the form “IMO 1234567” and not just “1234567”. This was decided by IMO at MSC 77 in June 2003. The reasoning lies in IMO Assembly Resolution A.600(15) which covered the adoption of Ship Identification Numbers by IMO. The number “1234567” is legally a “Lloyd’s Register Number”, while “IMO 1234567” is the Ship Identification Number as adopted by IMO.
How do I obtain a Continuous Synopsis Record?
Application forms for the CSR can be obtained from
When should I submit SSPs for approval and offer ships for verification?
The simple answer is “as soon as possible”. Regardless of the Administration your ships are registered with, or if your Administration has delegated to a RSO, the number of ships to be verified is far in excess of the number of qualified auditors to conduct the verifications. If every ship requires verification in the last few weeks before 1 July 2004, the demand for verifications will outstrip the global capacity to supply the qualified auditors. As well as being a SOLAS requirement, recent reports suggest that failure to obtain an ISSC by the due date will invalidate P&I cover.
Section 9 of the ISPS Code calls for many procedures to be included in the SSP. What constitutes an acceptable procedure?
A procedure is not a simple restatement of the requirements of the Code; rather it describes how you will meet these requirements. What is to be done? Who does it? How is it done? What controls do you have in place to ensure it is done? Draw on the experience you have gained in complying with the ISM Code. A simple statement that “internal audits will be carried out annually by persons independent of the area being audited” would not be accepted as an internal audit procedure for ISM, and similarly it would not be considered acceptable as an internal audit procedure for the ISPS Code.
Do I need to duplicate work I have already done to comply with the ISM Code?
No! You already conduct internal audits, perform management reviews and prepare for emergencies related safety; it makes sense to employ this knowledge and experience in complying with the ISPS Code. A word of warning though; your existing procedures and practices may need revising to fully meet the requirements of the ISPS Code. One important difference between the ISM and ISPS Codes is that the SSP requires formal approval. When you submit your SSP for approval it must be complete. Common ISM / ISPS procedures and contingency plans must be included if full. The SSP can not state “internal audits will be conducted in accordance with ISM Procedure XXX” unless the full procedure s included in the SSP.
The ISPS Code talks of “security and surveillance” equipment. What equipment is classed as “security and surveillance” equipment?
If the operation of any equipment is necessary to fulfill a requirement of the SSP or the ISPS Code it will be classed as “security equipment” for the purposes of the ISPS Code. This will include “dual use” equipment, even when the equipment’s primary function is not related to security. As an example, deck lighting will probably be classed as security equipment as it is required to effectively monitor deck areas during the hours of darkness. Similarly, communications equipment will be classed as security equipment if it is used for security related communications. Conversely, an internal door lock would not normally be classed as security equipment unless, say, it was also used to control access to a restricted area.
What is the minimum evidence a CISR auditor will need to see in order to issue an International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC)?
Because of the short time scale ships have to comply with the ISPS Code, the CISR is not requiring a minimum implementation period before an ISSC can be issued. Up until 1 July 2004, the CISR will issue an ISSC if there is satisfactory objective evidence that: