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What is a ship security alert system (SSAS)?

A system required by SOLAS regulation XI-2/6 to be provided to all ships covered by the ISPS Code that, when activated, will initiate and transmit a ship-to-shore security alert to a competent authority designated by the flag State Administration (which may include the Company), identifying the ship, its location and indicating that the security of the ship is under threat or has been compromised. 

The SSAS must not send the security alert to any other ships, or raise the alarm on board the ship, and it must continue the ship security alert until deactivated and/or reset. The SSAS must be capable of being activated from the navigation bridge and at least one other location.

 

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