The ISPSC requires vessels and ports to conduct security (i.e., vulnerability) assessments, to designate responsible security officers, to develop security plans and to conduct appropriate drills and exercises.
The MTSA and its implementing regulations implement the ISPSC and SOLAS Chapter XI requirements in the United States.
A holistic, systems-oriented approach is emerging from international initiatives (e.g., ISPSC), domestic legislative and regulatory initiatives (e.g., MTSA), public-private partnerships (C-TPAT, OSC), government to government partnerships (CSI), federal investment in ports (port security grants program) and agency initiatives.
With the content finalized, the 2012 ISPSC will be published in 2012 and will be available for state and local adoption.
Like all ICC model codes, the ISPSC will be updated every three years.
CDC and ICC officials are exploring ways the MAHC and ISPSC can complement each other and avoid potential overlaps and conflicts.