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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


Russian, Azerbaijani Navy to Hold First Ever Joint Drills in Caspian Sea

Pic: Russian Navy

 About 10 Russian and Azerbaijani ships will take part in a joint naval exercise in the Caspian Sea for the first time; RIA Novosti cited the statement of Russia’s Southern Military District.    "The military officials of the countries reached a decision during


Gener8 Maritime to Go Public

Image: General Maritime Corporation (now Gener8 Maritime)

 Private equity-backed tanker operator Gener8 Maritime filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to proceed with an initial public offering worth up to $100m.   The company was created in February 2015 via the merger of General Maritime and Navig8 Crude.  


Japan, Malaysia to Beef up Maritime Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Youtube

 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak pledged to advance defense and maritime cooperation.   It is the first time that Japan has agreed to start negotiations for cooperation on the transfer of defense equipment and technology with a member of the


Crowley to Manage 4 Jones Act Ships for Pasha

Horizon Reliance (Photo courtesy of Crowley)

 Crowley Maritime Corp.’s ship management group has been awarded a new contract with Sunrise Operations LLC, a subsidiary of The Pasha Group, of San Rafael, Calif., for the operation, crewing and maintenance of four Jones Act ships operating between the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii.


USN Escort U.S. Flagged Ships in Strait of Hormuz

Farragut is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations supporting Operation Inherent Resolve strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, as well as maritime security operations and theater security cooperation e

  Ships from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain have begun accompanying U.S.-flagged maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, Defense Department officials said. Sufficient U.S. naval forces are assigned to the command to meet the requirements of the accompanying mission


Professionals Gather for APS Annual Conference

Director, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-AfricaU.S. 6th Fleet, provides remarks at the Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, May 5, 2015

  Maritime professionals from Africa, Europe, and the U.S. began a 4-day conference aimed to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve maritime security in Africa, May 5. The Africa Partnership Station (APS) Annual Planning Conference aims to identify capabilities necessary to achieve


IMCA Publishes Security, Emergency Guidance

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

The threat to maritime security from piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats continues to pose challenges to ships’ owners, masters and crew members, and has resulted in  the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC) publishing


US Navy Stops Accompanying Ships through Strait of Hormuz

The U.S. Navy has stopped accompanying commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a mission it began last week in the wake of Iran's seizure of a cargo ship, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.   Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman


San Diego Harbor Police Boosts International Law Enforcement

Photo: Port of San Diego

San Diego Harbor Police enter MOU with Department of State for international law enforcement   The Port of San Diego's Harbor Police Department will assist the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under a Memorandum of Understanding


US Pulls Sri Lanka out of China Maritime Net

 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the US Secretary of State John Kerry: Photo credit: Official Facebook page of Ranil Wickremesinghe

 US has begun to wean Sri Lanka away from China’s maritime security net by incorporating Sri Lanka into their Indo-Pacific region maritime security program, says the Times of India.   The US State Department said last Tuesday that United States will collaborate with Sri Lanka to


India to Monitor Shipping in South China Sea

South China Sea Maritime Claims. Map by Stratfor

 As the disputed South China Sea heats up around the world, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) of India has Okayed a plan to virtually keep an eye on shipping in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, reports Tribune News Service.  


HMAS Newcastle On Middle East Patrols

HMAS Newcastle (Royal Australian Navy photo by Brenton Freind)

Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle has arrived in the Middle East Region and has commenced her first patrol as part of Operation MANITOU after officially joining the operation on May 1, 2015.   Newcastle departed for her first patrol as part of a six-month rotation that will see


Trinidad and Tobago Orders 12 Coastal Patrol Craft

Back: Rose Damen, Damen Sales Manager; Major General Kenrick Maharaj, Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Chief of Defence Staff; Brigadier General Carl Alfonso, Minister of National Security; Captain Hayden Pritchard, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard Commanding Officer; Marcia Hope, Ministry of National Security Director Corporate Communications Unit. Sitting: Sander van Oord, Damen Sales Director Americas; PS Carl A. Francis, Ministry of National Security Permanent Secretary (Photo: Damen)

Following a four-year acquisition program, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to purchase 12 vessels for the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force from Damen Shipyards, the shipbuilder announced today.   The signing ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of National Security


Phoenix Express 2015 Kicks Off

Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet Vice Adm. James Foggo III speaks at the opening ceremony for Exercise Phoenix Express 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia, May 16. Phoenix Express 2015, sponsored and facilitated by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness (MDA), information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to counter sea-based illicit activity in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigb

  Maritime forces from North Africa, Europe, and the United States kicked off Exercise Phoenix Express 2015 with opening ceremonies in Tunisia, today. The at sea portion of the exercise begins Monday and will test North African, European, and U.S


Coastal Watch Center Opens in Philippines

A new National Coast Watch Center (NCWC) for maritime security has opened in the Republic of the Philippines.   Raytheon Company designed, implemented and equipped the center and its coastal system using the company's integrated border security solutions.  






 
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