The Ship Security Reporting System (SSRS) is an innovative counter-piracy service that enhances the effectiveness of existing Ship Security Alert Systems by providing a link from a ship sending an alert direct to the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and onward to EU NAVFOR Somalia – Operation Atalanta and associated participating naval forces responsible for maritime security in the Gulf of Aden and off the Somali coast.
The SSRS service continuously monitors alerts transmitted by the SSAS onboard subscribed vessels. The system compares the position of the vessel sending the alert to the published MSCHOA / UKMTO Area of Operation and, establishing that the vessel is within the area, routes the alert, which includes the vessel name, report date / time stamp, associated latitude / longitude, and also the IMO number, MMSI, and freeboard and speed, to MSCHOA and UKMTO. Once they confirm the alert is genuine, the updated information is disseminated through the Mercury system which is viewed by all participating task forces.
The alert is copied to the registered Company Security Officer (CSO) as confirmation that it has been disseminated and to provide the CSO with relevant contact details, should he have additional information to communicate.
In the event of a piracy attack, SSAS activation supplements the main piracy reporting procedures set out in Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy. If the crew find themselves under duress and unable to make or receive telephone calls, the SSRS service is an effective, covert method of automatically alerting the military assets faster than via the SSAS alone. However, to maximise the speed of response, it is advised that, whenever possible, the SSAS should be activated in concert with a telephone call to UKMTO.
The SSRS has been designed to integrate seamlessly with existing SSAS equipment installed on all commercial vessels of 500GT and above engaged on international voyages (defined in the ISPS Code, SOLAS XI-1/6).