I. Ship Management

ISPS II --> Owner, if new owner since last ISPS exam

  • 5 Points: Owner, operator, or charterer associated with one ISPS related denial of entry or ISPS related expulsion from port in the past 12 months, or 2 or more ISPS/MTSA control actions in a twelve month period

II. Flag State

ISPS II --> If new flag since last ISPS exam

  • 7 Points: SOLAS Vessels* Flag State has a CAR 2 or more times the overall CAR average for all flag States
  • 2 Points: SOLAS Vessels* Flag State has a CAR between the overall CAR average and up to 2 times overall CAR average for all flag States
  • 7 Points: Non-SOLAS Vessels** Flag State has a CAR 2 or more times the overall CAR average for all flag States

*Pertains solely to Flag Administrations with more than one major control action in a 12 month period
**Pertains solely to Flag Administrations with more than one major control action in a 12 month period and includes vessels from non-SOLAS signatory countries and non-SOLAS vessels from signatory countries.

III. Recognized Security Organization

ISPS I --> 3 or more RSO related major control actions in the past twelve months

  • 5 Points: 2 RSO related major control actions in the past twelve months
  • 2 Points: 1 RSO related major control action in the past twelve months

IV. Security Compliance History

ISPS I--> Vessel with an ISPS related denial of entry/expulsion from port in past 12 months***

ISPS II--> If matrix score does not result in ISPS I priority & no ISPS compliance exam within the past 12 months

  • 5 points: Vessel with an ISPS/MTSA related detention in the past twelve months
  • 2 points: Vessel with 1 or more other ISPS/MTSA control actions in the past twelve months****

***COTP or OCMI may downgrade a vessel’s priority from ISPS I to ISPS II, or ISPS II to ISPS III depending upon circumstances surrounding a denial of entry. If denial of entry is solely from failure to provide a Notice of Arrival prior to entry into the US, assign 2 points.
****Includes vessel delays, restriction of operations, and restriction of movement related to vessel security deficiencies. Does not include routine examination of the ship or lesser administrative actions.

Total Targeting Score

  • Vessels that score 17 points or higher are ISPS I vessels examined at sea prior to entering port.
  • Vessels that score between 7-16 points are ISPS II vessels are examined in port.
  • Vessels scoring fewer than 7 points are ISPS III vessels usually not subject to examination unless selected randomly.