The Ship Security Officer (SSO) should advise the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) without delay. The PFSO should undertake an assessment of the situation in consultation with the SSO and agree on appropriate security measures with the ship, which may include completion and signing of a Declaration of Security. Any costs entailed in additional security measures would be settled by the ship.

An organisation with appropriate expertise in security matters and with appropriate knowledge of ship and port operations authorized to carry out an assessment, or a verification, or an approval or a certification activity, required by SOLAS chapter XI-2 or by part A of the ISPS Code. RSOs can be approved by flag State Administrations to: (1) carry out ship security assessments; (2) prepare ship security plans; (3) review and approve ship security plans, or amendment to Plans; and (4) carry out initial and subsequent verifications of ships. RSOs approved by some flag States include classification societies and private security firms.

A recommendation that the ship: (1) should enter or leave a port in a relevant area; (2) should not enter or leave a port in a relevant area; (3) should not be bunkered; or (4) should only be bunkered subject to certain conditions, until the MCA are of the opinion that there is no longer a serious threat of pollution or a risk to human life. (For other questions on this subject, see the end of Section I.)