2.8 Possible threats

There can be many different threats to the security of a ship and the Ship security Plan must include responses for all possible threats. Some examples of possible threats are:

  • damage to, or destruction of, the ship or of a port facility, for example by explosive devices, arson, sabotage or vandalism;
  • hijacking or seizure of the ship or of persons on board;
  • tampering with cargo, essential ship equipment or systems or ship’s stores;
  • unauthorized access or use, including presence of stowaways;
  • smuggling weapons or equipment, including weapons of mass destruction;
  • use of the ship to carry those intending to cause a security incident and/or their equipment;
  • use of the ship itself as a weapon or as a means to cause damage or destruction;
  • attacks from seaward whilst at berth or at anchor;
  • attacks whilst at sea.