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  1 The Maritime Safety Committee (the Committee), at its eighty-sixth session (27 May to 5 June 2009) decided to include, in the standard data set of security-related information a ship might be expected to submit prior to entry into port, the IMO Company identification number and to this end it also decided to amend accordingly the Guidance to masters, Companies and duly authorized officers on the requirements relating to the submission of security-related information prior to the entry of a ship into port set out in the annex to MSC/Circ.1130.

  2 As a result the Committee approved, based on the requirements of SOLAS regulation XI-2/9.2.1 and taking into account the guidance provided in part B of the ISPS Code and resolution MSC.159(78) on Interim guidance on control and compliance measures to enhance maritime security, a Revised guidance to masters, Companies and duly authorized officers on the requirements relating to the submission of security-related information prior to the entry of a ship into port (the Revised guidance) which is set out at annex. The Committee has developed the Revised guidance in an effort to prevent the proliferation of different demands for security-related information, which are neither conducive to the enhancement of maritime security nor promote the facilitation of maritime traffic.

  3 The attached Revised guidance cites the salient provisions of SOLAS regulation XI-2/9 and the guidance provided in paragraphs B/4.37 to B/4.40 of the ISPS Code, contains some practical advice and sets out in the appendix thereto a standard data set of security-related information a ship might be expected to submit prior to entry into port if requested to do so.

  4 The Committee invites SOLAS Contracting Governments to bring the attached Revised guidance to the attention of masters, Companies and, if appropriate to the attention of port facility security officers. In addition, the Committee urges SOLAS Contracting Governments to bring the attached Revised guidance to the attention of those officers they have authorized or they may authorize to carry out control and compliance measures pursuant to the provisions of SOLAS regulation XI-2/9.

  5 The Committee also invites SOLAS Contracting Governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations with consultative status to bring to the attention of the Committee the results of the experience they have gained from the use of the Revised guidance and in particular from the use of the standard data set of security-related information.

  6 MSC/Circ.1130 is hereby revoked and any reference in any report of the Committee or in any MSC resolution or circular to MSC/Circ.1130 should be read, henceforth in connection with the implementation of the provisions of SOLAS chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code, as a reference to this circular.


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