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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


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


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


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


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).


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


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


Cal Maritime Awarded $1 Million Grant From Governor's Office of Homeland Security

The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, today announced it has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. The money will be used to guide the development and implementation of statewide standards for maritime security training, drills, and exercises for vessels, port facilities, harbors, maritime companies, and other organizations involved in moving freight to and from our nation's


Security Check List for Internet Access at Sea

Photo: Protection Vessels International Ltd

 An increase in internet access at sea will lead to an increased risk of suffering a cyber-attack, says a research report by Protection Vessels International.   However, if addressed correctly, this risk can be lowered to sit comfortably within the acceptable risk tolerance levels of


Promoting Facilitation in Fiji

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A National Seminar on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic is being held in Suva, Fiji (13-15 July).    The event aims to assist Fiji to more effectively implement the Convention of Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL) and to advise on the recently-adopted amendments


Cybersecurity On Ships: New Guidelines

Pic: Clyde & Co

 Companies are becoming increasingly alive to the importance of cyber-security and the need to protect themselves against the risk of cyber-attacks; the marine sector is no exception, says Clyde & Co’s Shipping Newsletter.  


China Military Says S.China Sea Ruling Won't Affect Sovereignty

China's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday no matter how an arbitration court rules on a case about the South China Sea it will not affect China's sovereignty.   "No matter what kind of ruling is to be made, Chinese armed forces will firmly safeguard national sovereignty


Preventing Nuclear Smuggling at U.S. Ports

LIVE Examination of Maritime Nuclear Smuggling Threat & Other US Port Security Risks Photo T&I Committee

Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Hearing on “An Examination of the Maritime Nuclear Smuggling Threat and Other Port Security and Smuggling Risks in the U.S.” The subcommittees are meeting today to examine the efforts of the


World Maritime Day Theme for 2017: "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"

Image: Maersk Line

 "Connecting Ships, Ports and People" has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017 following a proposal by Secretary-General Kitack Lim to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council.   Addressing the IMO Council


GPA Awarded $44M Grant

Image GPA

The Georgia Ports Authority has received a $44 million Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to increase rail capacity at the Port of Savannah.   "I would like to thank the Georgia Congressional delegation


NOIA’s Luthi Testifies at House Natural Resources Subcommittee Hearing

NOIA - Randall Luthi President of the National Ocean Industries Association Photo NOIA

NOIA President Randall Luthi released the following statement after providing testimony today before the House Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on H.R. 5577, the Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act:  


An Expanded Canal Means and Expanded Economy

(Photo: U.S. Dept. of Transportation)

Just two weeks ago, the world watched as the first commercial vessel, M/V COSCO SHIPPING PANAMA, successfully navigated the Panama Canal’s new expanded locks. The inaugural event was broadcast live to a worldwide audience as the Panamanians in attendance cheered and waved flags in


$307,500 PSGP Funding for Hueneme Port

The funds will enable the port to invest in systems that enhance its capabilities Photo Port of Hueneme

The Port of Hueneme announced that it will receive more than $307,500 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Fiscal Year 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The funds will provide multi-functional applications protecting critical port and regional


Supporting Sustainable Maritime Security in Jamaica

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A table-top exercise on maritime security has been recently held in Kingston, Jamaica (30 June-1 July), organized by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean


US Provides $100 Mln in Port Security Grants

File photo: Port of Baltimore

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced final allocations of $275 million for six fiscal year 2016 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) competitive preparedness grant programs, including $100 million for the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP).  


Maritime Security Experts Weigh in on West Africa

Risk Intelligence launches new service providing overview of operational and regulatory risks of privately contracted maritime security in West Africa   Maritime operations in West Africa are affected by threats from piracy and other maritime crime


Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia Mull Joint Maritime Patrols

The Philippine Navy Turn-over Ceremonies at the PNP Headquarters, Naval Station. Photo: Philippine government

 Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines have agreed to conduct coordinated maritime patrols as part of a broader plan to tackle rising security challenges in the waters bordering the three countries, report local media.   This plan was sent in a joint statement following the


Cooperation to Enhance Maritime Security in West and Central Africa

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Maritime security experts have met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (15-17 June) to share expertise on how cooperation on maritime surveillance monitoring and communication systems in the South Atlantic can benefit countries in west and central Africa.   






 
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