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CSR Protests Proposal to Eliminate Crew List Visas

The Center for Seafarers' Rights (CSR) of the Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey has called on the U.S. State Department to postpone the elimination of crew list visas until October 2004. "The United States should not eliminate the most accessible and utilized means merchant mariners have for applying for shore leave until an adequate internationally acceptable replacement for an identity document exists," said Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of the Center for Seafarers' Rights. "The United States already places a significant hardship on foreign merchant mariners by being the only major maritime country in the world that requires crewmember visas at all." Currently, there are two varieties of United States crew visas: individual and crew list. By requiring visas, the U.S. violates the International Maritime Organization Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic prohibition on member states requiring visas as a condition of shore leave. Section 103 of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, passed by Congress on November 14, 2002, gives the administration two years to negotiate an international agreement, or an amendment to an international agreement, that provides for a uniform, comprehensive, international system of identification. "CSR does not advocate blanket issuance of shore leave, nor for the removal of strict security measures to evaluate and anticipate illegal entry to the U.S

Ports Praise President’s Signing of Security Legislation

Public Port Authorities are commending President Bush for signing two key pieces of legislation that combined establish a framework for protecting the United States from maritime terrorism. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Maritime Transportation Security Act were both signed into law at the White House yesterday. The new Department of Homeland Security will coordinate all border security functions, including those that will be responsible for maritime security, such as the U.S

GOVERNMENT: Terrorism Threat and the Immediate Reaction

by Dennis L. Bryant, Senior Counsel, Haight Gardner Holland & Knight When the federal government began examining United States vulnerabilities in the days following the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it quickly became apparent that significant weakness existed on the U.S. maritime borders. Many, but not all, of these weaknesses were systemic and derived from both the U.S. open society and the procedures underlying modern maritime commerce

DHS Port Security Grants

The President’s FY 2005 request includes $46 million in port security grants to be administered by the Office of Domestic Preparedness. The Maritime Transportation Security Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Maritime Administrator, to make port security grants to port authorities, facility operators, and state and local governments. These grants may be used to correct vulnerabilities in port security and ensure compliance with Area Maritime Transportation

Coast Guard Receives Majority of Maritime Security Plans

The U.S. Coast Guard announced today that 90 percent of vessels and port facilities turned in security plans as required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act. Penalties are being issued to those that have not submitted any of the information required.“Security in America’s ports is a shared responsibility,” said Rear Adm. Larry Hereth, director of port security for the Coast Guard. “We have made tremendous progress protecting the ports

AMPR Releases Study on Jones Act

Crowley is a member of The Puerto Rico Maritime Alliance, which consists of representatives of U.S. flag carriers and labor unions constituting the US Merchant Marine.   The Maritime Alliance of Puerto Rico (AMPR) has announced that the GAO Study released yesterday determined the Jones Act does not increase rates or prices for the Puerto Rican consumer. The economic study was requested in 2012 by the resident commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi

Governments to Adopt New Maritime Security Measures

The Diplomatic Conference on the Revision of the SUA Treaties opened October 10 to begin its consideration of amendments to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 and its related Protocol, which provide the legal basis for action to be taken against persons committing unlawful acts against ships (and against fixed platforms located on the continental shelf).

MPA Hosts IMO Sub-Regional Seminar/Workshop

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is hosting an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Seminar/Workshop on Maritime and Port Security for East Asian Countries from 26 to 30 Aug 2002 at the M Hotel. The five-day event (3-day seminar and 2-day workshop) is held for the first time in Singapore. It aims to raise the awareness of the regional governments participating in the Seminar/Workshop and the shipping industry on the measures to prevent and suppress unlawful acts

Hearing on National Strategy for Maritime Security

The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the National Strategy for Maritime Security. The purpose of the hearing, held in Camden, New Jersey, was to continue oversight of federal programs intended to enhance security in the maritime domain. RADM Craig Bone, USCG and Mr. Mark O. Hatfield, Jr., TSA, testified that maritime security encompasses threats from all criminal or

USCG Outlines Draft IMO Security Proposal

At a public meeting on January 3, the Coast Guard unveiled the security initiatives it plans to propose at an upcoming special session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on maritime security. Over the next year, IMO will review measures and procedures to prevent acts of terrorism that threaten the safety of vessels and the security of passengers and crews. The Coast Guard will also hold a public workshop January 28-30 to discuss security procedures, programs

BIMCO Looks at Significant Potential For Cyber Disruption

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 Attendees of BIMCO’s Annual Conference in Hamburg will today hear the very latest findings on the potential vulnerabilities of ships to cyber attacks.    In a session dedicated to the topic, BIMCO and industry experts will show three scenarios showing the possible risks and

U.S. & China: U.S. Must Invest in Maritime to Avoid “Sea Strangulation”

(Image: HHI // CSCL)

A new study examines the steady decline of the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet, which today numbers less than 100 vessels in international trade, and warns that U.S. global competitiveness and maritime security -- particularly in light of a fast-emerging China -- is at grave risk unless investment is

U.S. Ups Philippines Aid as South China Sea Turmoil Builds

The United States has raised its military aid to the Philippines this year to $79 million, the U.S. ambassador said on Wednesday, as tension rises in the region over China's new assertiveness in the South China Sea. Since 2002, the United States has provided the Philippines with nearly $500

Bill on Danish Maritime Planning Submitted

Courtesy DMA

  The bill is to form the basis of a maritime planning act intended to promote economic growth and development of sea areas. The Danish Maritime Authority is to head the work. The bill on maritime planning gives the guidelines for the drawing up of a holistic marine plan for Denmark's sea

Maritime Crime Rises 38% in S.E. Asia

Dryad Maritimes Q3 results

Dryad Maritime released its Q3 trends and analysis of global maritime crime showing a stark rise of 38% of incidents across Southeast Asia, when figures are compared to the first nine months of 2014. The apparent impunity of maritime gangs operating in the region has led Dryad to call upon

Maritime Security Demand Keeps US Builders Busy

Photo: Kvichak

Export hulls – through the FMS Program, as well as Direct Sales – are a key piece of the business model. Even as the crash in energy prices feeds the oversupply of offshore support vessels – a key staple of U.S. boatbuilding diets – and the dwindling backlogs of some

Maritime Security in Focus in the Caribbean

Overlooking Bahia de San Juan, Station San Juan is located just outside the walls of the old city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. (USCG photo)

Maritime Security 2015 Caribbean currently underway in San Juan, Puerto Rico   Puerto Rico, centrally located at the crossroads of the Caribbean, is the location of Maritime Security 2015 Caribbean currently underway in the busy port city of San Juan.  

Risk Intelligence Launches PortRisk

Hans Tino Hansen (Photo: Risk Intelligence)

Denmark-based security risk intelligence company Risk Intelligence has launched PortRisk, a service that aims to deliver comprehensive and reliable intelligence on risk in ports. PortRisk provides on-demand security information and threat, vulnerability and risk assessment covering countries

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

Ardmore Shipping Announces Secondary Public Offering by GA Holdings

Photo: Ardmore Shipping Corporation

 Ardmore Shipping Corporation announced that GA Holdings LLC intends to offer for sale in an underwritten public offering 4,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock.    The Selling Shareholder expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 600

ECSA Leads Holistic Approach to Maritime Security

Jakob Paaske Larsen (Photo: ECSA)

European shipowners have widened the scope of the former European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) Piracy Working Group, now renamed ECSA Maritime Security Working Group in a move aiming to keep the European shipping industry abreast of maritime developments.  

Jamaican Elected to WMU Board

MAJ DG Rear Admiral Peter Brady

  Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as

Stakeholders Broaden Maritime Security Scope

Image: IMO

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is set to significantly broaden its scope.   Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to work toward extending its remit

Governor Cuomo Vetoes Port Ambrose LNG Port

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has vetoed the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas Deepwater Port, citing security and economic concerns along with the potential to negatively impact off-shore wind development.   The project, which had been proposed by Liberty Natural Gas, LLC

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

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