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SHIP SECURITY ALERT SYSTEM (SSAS)

SSAS to be installed on Hong Kong registered ships should:

  • comply with relevant IMO requirements and approved by one of the Marine Department's Recognized Security Organization (RSO); and
  • pass the compatibility test with the reception facilities in the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) in the Initial Installation Testing of SSAS.

Acceptance of Equipment

The IMO requirements governing SSAS are stipulated in SOLAS Chapter XI-2/Reg. 6. Marine Department accepts materials and equipments complying with the test procedures/standards and performance specifications as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). In general, materials and equipments approved by a maritime authority for use on its registered ships or authorized ROs or RSOs of the Hong Kong Marine Department (MD) are acceptable to be used on cargo ships registered in Hong Kong.

Initial Installation Testing of SSAS

The competent authority for receiving the SSAS alert message for Hong Kong registered ships is the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC). The email address for receiving the SSAS message is ssalert@mardep.gov.hk. This email address should only be used for receiving of the SSAS message and not for general communication with the MD.

Testing of initial installed SSAS on board a Hong Kong registered ship to confirm correct functioning and settings of equipment, which involves sending of test message to ssalert@mardep.gov.hk, should follow the below guidance:

  1. The SSAS alert test message should be printed with the word “TEST TEST TEST" either in the message or in the Subject row.
  2. If the above arrangement was not applicable for the SSAS, the CSO (Company Security Officer), SSO or ship's master should inform the Security and Quality Assurance (SQA) Section (sqa@mardep.gov.hk) and Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) (hkmrcc@mardep.gov.hk) by email before and after the test.
  3. SSAS should be reset immediately after the test so as to avoid unnecessary re-send of test message.
  4. Confirmation reply will be given by SQA Section as soon as possible on request. If our reply is not received, please contact the SQA Section.
  5. Under special condition, test may be arranged during holidays. However, application by email should be made in advance to the SQA Section. No respond to the test by the MD will be given during holidays if no such application is made in advance.

Periodical Testing of SSAS

Testing of functioning and settings to existing SSAS of a Hong Kong registered ship can be carried out by sending out testing message to CSO without the need to involve the MD. However, an annual testing of SSAS involving MD should be conducted and the following guidance should be followed:

  1. CSO (Company Security Officer), SSO or ship's master should inform the Security and Quality Assurance (SQA) Section (sqa@mardep.gov.hk) and carbon copy to Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) (hkmrcc@mardep.gov.hk) by email before the periodical testing.
  2. The SSAS alert test message should be printed with the word " TEST TEST TEST" either in the message or in the Subject row. The competent authority for receiving the SSAS alert message for Hong Kong registered ships is the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC). The email address for receiving the SSAS message is ssalert@mardep.gov.hk. This email address should only be used for receiving of the SSAS message and not for general communication with the MD.
  3. SSAS should be reset immediately after the periodical testing so as to avoid re-sending of further unnecessary test message.
  4. CSO, SSO or ship's master should inform via e-mail to the Security and Quality Assurance (SQA) Section (sqa@mardep.gov.hk) and carbon copy to Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (HKMRCC) (hkmrcc@mardep.gov.hk) by email after the periodical testing.
  5. Under special condition, test may be arranged during holidays. However, application by email should be made in advance to the SQA Section. Respond to the test by Marine Department (MD) may not be given during holidays if advance notice is not made.

Enquiry

Any queries in respect of SSAS acceptance by Marine Department or test after the installation should be directed to the Senior Surveyor/Security & Quality Assurance at Tel. No.: (852) 2852 4503, Fax No.: (852) 2545 0556 or by e-mail sqa@mardep.gov.hk.