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Japan Implements CSI

Container Security Initiative (CSI) is expected to be operational at the port of Yokohama, Japan, for cargo containers destined for U.S. ports on March 24. CBP and the Japanese Customs and Tariff Bureau sealed a CSI declaration of principles on September 26, 2002. The port of Yokohama is the 10th CSI port to become operational. It joins the already operational CSI ports of Rotterdam, LeHavre, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, and Antwerp in Europe, Singapore in Asia, and Vancouver, Montreal, and Halifax in Canada. "CSI is essential to securing global trade against terrorist exploitation. The CSI security blanket is now expanding and strengthening as it encompasses the port of Yokohama," said Commissioner Bonner. "We are getting CSI implemented in all of the ports that have signed on. We will continue to deploy teams to other participating ports as quickly as possible." As part of the CSI program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has deployed a small team of 4 CBP officers stationed at the port of Yokohama to work targeting cargo containers destined for the United States. Japanese Customs officials, working with CBP officers, will be responsible for screening any containers identified as a potential terrorist risk. "CSI is also reciprocal. CBP offers CSI-participating countries the opportunity to send their customs officers to our major ports to target cargo that is exported to their country via ocean containers," Commissioner Bonner said


CSI Operational at La Spezia

Container Security Initiative (CSI) has become operational at the port of La Spezia, Italy. In Europe, the Bureau is looking to expand CSI to at least 11 additional ports, including Livorno, Gioia Tauro, and Naples. CBP and the government of Italy signed a declaration of principles on November 7, 2002. As part of the CSI program, CBP deployed a team of officers to the port of Genoa on June 16, 2003 to work with host government personnel to target high-risk cargo containers destined for the


Sri Lanka joins CSI

Sri Lanka has signed an agreement to join the Container Security Initiative (CSI). Only two weeks ago, the Department of Homeland Security announced to beginning of Phase II of CSI, expanding the program to more than just the top 20 foreign container ports. The agreement marks the first CSI signing since Tom Ridge, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and CBP Commissioner Bonner announced the launch of Phase 2 of CSI just two weeks ago.


China Joins CSI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced that the People's Republic of China formally joined the Container Security Initiative (CSI). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Mu Xinsheng, Commissioner of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China, today signed a declaration of principles in Beijing, formally initiating joint efforts to target and pre-screen cargo containers shipped from the ports of Shanghai and


CSI Operational in Livorno, Italy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Italian Customs Director General Mario Andrea Guaiana announced the Port of Livorno as the 33rd operational Container Security Initiative (CSI) port. The stand-up of Livorno completes the expansion of the Container Security Initiative in Italy. CSI developed along the guidelines set forth in the declaration of principles signed in November 2002 between Commissioner Bonner and Italian Customs Director General Mario


CSI Achieves Major Milestone: 20 Ports In

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Vassilios Manolopoulos, Director General, of the Greek Directorate General of Customs and Excise announced that CBP officers have been deployed to the port of Piraeus as part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and that CSI has become operational there. As part of the CSI program, CBP officers are working with host government personnel as part of CSI


CSI Operational at Felixstowe

The Container Security Initiative (CSI) will be operational at the port of Felixstowe for cargo containers destined for U.S. ports, making it the 13th CSI port, joining Rotterdam, LeHavre, Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Antwerp, Singapore, Yokohama, Hong Kong, Göteborg, Vancouver, Montreal, and Halifax. CBP and the United Kingdom signed a declaration of principles on December 9, 2002. As part of the CSI program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has deployed a team of CBP officers to the port of


CSI Operational in Genoa

U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced that the Container Security Initiative (CSI) becomes operational today at the port of Genoa, Italy. CBP and the government of Italy signed a declaration of principles on November 7, 2002. As part of the CSI program, CBP has deployed a team of officers to the port of Genoa to work with host government personnel to target high-risk cargo containers destined for the United States


CSI Expands Beyond Megaports

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced that the Container Security Initiative (CSI) participating ports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg are now operational. Bremerhaven and Hamburg join the already operational CSI ports of Rotterdam and LeHavre in Europe and Montreal, Halifax, and Vancouver in Canada. The port of Antwerp is expected to be operational by February 25. Rotterdam became operational on September 2, 2002 and LeHavre on December 2, 2002


Customs Service Commissioner Issues Statement Regarding EU

The European Commission issued a statement in Brussels, saying that the Commission had started infringement proceedings against four member states for signing agreements with the United States to implement the Container Security Initiative. It is regrettable that at a time of heightened concern for potential terrorist activity, the European Commission has chosen to take action against its member states for participating in the Container Security Initiative (CSI)


Boston Whaler Receives Tenth Consecutive NMMA Award

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage

For a tenth consecutive year, Boston Whaler was recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as a recipient of the 2013 Customer Satisfaction (CSI) Award. As announced by the NMMA at the 2013 International BoatBuilders Exhibition and


Hong Kong Shipowner Again Achieves CSI Verification

OOCL award: Photo credit OOCL

Hong Kong's Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) says it has once again attained certification on the integrity and disclosure of its 2012 environmental data by adopting Clean Shipping Index (CSI) verification standards. OOCL was accredited the Verification Certification after an audit conducted


NYK Line PCTC Vessels Verified Environmentally Correct

LR cert. of compliance: Image credit NYK Line

Japan's NYK Line say they have received certification from classification society Lloyd's Register (LR) for two of its PCTCs (pure car and truck carrier) for the disclosure of accurate numerical values based on proper methods of collecting environmental data


DNV GL Building Service Targets Fuel Efficiency

SDARI Green Dolphin (Image: DNV GL)

DNV GL launched a new service named Build2Design to help shipyards and shipowners improve the fuel economy of their ships by reducing variations in their building process. Significant improvements have been achieved in the design of more fuel-efficient ships in recent years


HME to Open Singapore Branch

HME’s Singapore Branch Office will be officially launched on March 15 by the Dutch ambassador, H.E. Johannes W.G. Jansing, at his residence in Singapore. The opening coincides with one of Asia's most established and proven maritime trade exhibitions, Asia Pacific Maritime 2012.


RINA to Audit Clean Shipping Index Ships and Companies

International classification society RINA has been recognized by Sweden’s Clean Shipping Project as being able to verify ships and shipping companies in accordance with verification guidelines developed for ranking in the Clean Shipping Index.


GL Verifies Product Tanker for Clean Shipping Index

Photo credit Tarbit Shipping

Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has undertaken its first Clean Shipping Index (CSI) verification for the product tanker 'Bit Viking' GL issued the vessel with a Statement of Compliance confirming that the data submitted by owner Tarbit Shipping meets the requirements of the Index


Westports (Malaysia) Designated a 'Safe & Secure Port'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognizes Westports for its security measures in the loading US-bound containerized maritime cargo. After the 9/11 attacks the United States instituted various initiatives to increase the layers of security, improve monitoring at points of entry


RIB & Hi-speed Craft: CSI 2013 Conference

Image courtesy of FRC International

FRC International to host the upcoming Crew Systems Integration (CSI) conference in Poole, UK. The international conference includes over 20 presentations focussing on 9 integrated topics for the RIB and high speed craft sector. Keynote speakers include former Royal Navy Rear Admiral Chris


Italian Terminal Operators to Implement Navis TOS

Contship Italia Group to implement Navis SPARCS N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS)  at five of its terminals. Navis, a part of Cargotec Corporation announce that Contship Italia Group (CSI) group will implement Navis SPARCS N4 at its five terminals


Wabona Awarded Maritime Newcomer Accolade

Seen in the photo from left to right are Chris Magagula Managing Director at Wabona Group and Paul Maclons Managing Director at Smit Amandla Marine. Wabona Group was a proud recipient of the 2012/2013 Maritime Industry New Comer Award presented by Smit Amandla Marine at an awards ceremony in Cape Town. (Photo: Wabona)

Durban's Wabona Group was among the winners in one of the nine award categories, during a Maritime Industry Awards function held on April 28, 2013 in Cape Town. The event, held to celebrate contributions to the South African Maritime Industry, was a culmination of a nationwide nomination process


Seaspan Mark NAOSH Week with Walter Gretzky

Vancouver Shipyard Tour: Photo credit Seaspan

During North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) week Seaspan welcomed Walter Gretzky on a tour of its Vancouver Shipyards. For those not in the know, Walter Gretzky, is a Canadian who is best known as the father of NHL legend Wayne Gretzky


Seaspan, Walter Gretzky Celebrate NAOSH Week

(left to right, Mark Houghton , Vice-President, Seaspan Marine Operations and Walter Gretzky tour Vancouver Shipyards)

With North American Occupational Health and Safety (NAOSH) week well underway across the continent, Seaspan welcomed Walter Gretzky to its Vancouver Shipyards to underscore the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Hockey’s most famous father addressed Seaspan employees with


Crew System Integration on RHIBs and High Speed Craft

(U.S. Navy photo) Naval Special Warfare (NSW) 11-meter Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB) during a training exercise conducted by Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Coronado, San Diego. The airborne launch shown here is not uncommon for such craft.  Landings are characterized by high-acceleration impacts that may be damaging to structure, mechanical and electrical systems, and people.

Human Systems Integration (HSI) is a recognized requirement for many organizations. This is rapidly becoming more important as the professional RHIB and high speed craft sector are required to perform increasingly complex tasks. The objective is for marine units to deal with new scenarios


Crew Systems Integration 2013 Program Announced

Finnish Lifeboat - Image by Jaakko Pitkäjärvi

FRC International will host CSI 2013 - Crew Systems Integration conference from July 2-4, 2013 at RNLI Lifeboat College, Poole, U.K. The international conference includes over 20 presentations focusing on nine integrated topics for the RIB and high speed craft sector


 
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