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CCTV requirement for Indian vessels

India’s Ministry of Shipping has introduced a new amendment to the ship security plans for Indian flagged ships which will require them to be equipped with CCTV cameras as part as their anti-piracy measures.

“Fitment of CCTV on such vessels may be undertaken by 30.6.2013 or the date of the vessel’s next annual ISPS (International Ship Security Certificate) audit, whichever is later,” writes the Ministry of Shipping in an addendum to a security circular.

Ships operating solely on the Indian coast are exempt from this obligation, as are vessels which don’t operate in the High Risk Area (HRA) defined in the Best Management Practices (BMP).

In a circular published in October 2012, owners and managers of Indian flagged ships were asked to ensure that their Ship Security Plans (SSP) include “effective use of monitoring and/or surveillance equipment.”

This new addendum, published in January, clarifies what kind of equipment is expected and which ships have to install it.

The measures are a response to the acts of piracy that continue to take place in the Gulf of Aden and Western Arabian Seas.

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