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:
- All onboard have received appropriate instruction and training and are fully conversant with their roles and responsibilities related to ship security.
- Both the master and the SSO are fully conversant with all aspects of the Ship Security Plan (SSP).
- The SSP is onboard and has been approved by the CISR.
- There are plans to conduct an internal audit within 3 months of the SSP being implemented onboard (if an internal audit has not already been carried out).
- At least one security drill specified in the SSP has been carried out and any identified corrective action implemented.
- Security equipment has been included in the ships maintenance system and has been maintained in accordance with the requirements of that system.
- All security equipment is operational and is fit for its intended service.
- All security measures indicated for the current security level are being implemented and that the ship is able to implement the security measures for all security levels.
After 1 July 2004, minimum implementation requirements will be harmonized with those for the ISM Code.