Cruise Ships

When the Achille Lauro, an Italian cruise ship, was hijacked off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt in 1985 by members of the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF), the hijackers demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israel.  Eventually the hijackers were induced to surrender and more than 400 passengers and crew of the Achille Lauro were released, but the hijackers had killed an invalid Jewish American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer.

The effect on the cruise industry was dramatic and as a result the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) of the United Nations was tasked to produce an international standard of security for passenger ships.  Ferries were not included at the time.  A Security Resolution was adopted by the IMO in 1986 and this has been followed by a series of maritime security legislation enacted by the USA, UK and Canada. 

In 1996 IMS was commisioned by the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) to prepare the model generic Ship Security Plan (SSP) for all its members. This was accepted as the industry standard by the US Coast Guard.

IMS provides ship security assessment and audit services to both cruise and cargo ships and can offer exercise development and delivery options to enable clients to meet ISPS requirements in this regard. All related courses offered by IMS can be found in the Training section.

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