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MSC’s Watson on Port Logistics & Competitiveness

William H. Watson, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maritime Security Council, participated in the annual CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) Congress held November 30 – December 2, 2010 sponsored by the Financial Services ISAC (Information Sharing & Analysis Center) with the theme “Manage Risk with Resilience.” The goal of this year's Congress is to provide practitioners in the critical infrastructure security community with solutions, best practices and information so that they can resist, respond and reconstitute their operations in the face of future threats. The event features plenary as well as a number of breakout sessions in various tracks centered on disciplines such as cyber security, physical security, business resiliency and information sharing partnerships. Watson, who leads the Maritime ISAC and is the maritime representative to the National Council of ISACs, participated on a panel discussion focusing on the importance of geospatial assets to protecting the national infrastructure. His specific remarks focus on the role that Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Long Range Identification & Tracking (LRIT) systems play in making the global shipping industry safer and more secure – in addition to being more efficient. Watson’s presentation may be viewed on the MSC’s website at:

Securing U.S. Ports Against Terror

The Subcommittee on Technology, Terrorism, and Government Information of the Senate Judiciary Committee conducted a hearing on February 26, 2002 concerning Securing our Ports Against Terrorism: Technology, Resources and Homeland Defense. Captain William Schubert, Maritime Administrator, testified about grants to be provided to critical national seaports to finance the cost of enhancing facility and operational security

Expo Attracts Top Officials

Top security and maritime officials from more than 22 countries will come together in New York next week to explore solutions for improving the security of international maritime trade in the United States and abroad. ”The Expo has become a truly global event, with speakers and exhibitors coming from all over the world,” said Michael Rosenberg, vice president, Security Division at E.J. Krause & Associates, the Expo organizer. “Maritime security is a crucial piece in the U.S

NAVSAC Meets in San Diego

The Coast Guard's Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) met in San Diego, Calif., on December 10-12, 2001. The agenda included a discussion of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) activities, maritime security challenges, an overview of Coast Guard aids to navigation (ATONs), automatic information systems (AIS), federal and state ballast water and aquatic nuisance initiatives, International Safety Management Code (ISM) implementation and barge lighting and

NMSAC to Conduct Meeting

 The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), sponsored by the US Coast Guard, will conduct an on-line meeting on July 22. Topics on the agenda include the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Working Group, the Maritime Government Coordination Council, and the Maritime Sector Coordination Council.

U.N. Calls for Maritime Support to Libya

Image: Libya Shipping Co

 According to United Nations, Libyan authorities need an international maritime force to help as they are unable to halt the illicit trade in oil or the flow of weapons in and out of the country, says a Reuter's report.   UN likely increase pressure on major world powers to consider intervention to stop the North African state from spinning further out of control, as per the confidential report by the U.N. Security Council's Panel of Experts on Libya.  

Coast Guard issues New Mariner Certification Form

The Coast Guard began issuing a newly revised U.S. STCW Endorsement, Form CG-5611 (Rev. 01-05), yesterday to qualified licensed and unlicensed merchant mariners. Over 59,000 U.S. merchant mariners hold a valid STCW endorsement. Mariners’ existing endorsements will be replaced at the time of their scheduled expiration or when their qualifications are upgraded. The new document contains significant security and accountability enhancements.

The State of Maritime Security

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation conducted an oversight hearing on The State of Maritime Security. The Chairman, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) generally complimented efforts of the various agencies in enhancing maritime security, but expressed concern over the lack of a comprehensive national maritime security plan and the seeming lack of coordination between the agencies. The Administration witnesses, Admiral Thomas Collins, USCG; Robert Bonner, Commissioner, U.S

Anti-Piracy Efforts Must Address Root Causes

Piracy off Somalia’s coast is a symptom of wider problems ashore, and any strategy to tackle it must also deal with its root causes and strengthen regional capacity, the United Nations envoy to the country warned on Nov. 18. Briefing the Security Council, Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said piracy is “a highly profitable business – we therefore have to address it as a criminal activity with many tentacles in the region and around the world.”

U.S. Coast Guard Employee IMO Secretary General Candidate


The U.S. Coast Guard announced that a civilian employee of the service is the U.S. candidate for Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization. Jeffrey Lantz, the Coast Guard’s Director for Commercial Regulations and Standards, will be a candidate in the International Maritime Organization’s elections scheduled for the 106thInternational Maritime Organization Council in London, June 27 to July 1, 2011.   

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

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

Nippon Foundation’s Sasakawa receives International Maritime Prize

Photo by International Maritime Organization

 Yohei Sasakawa, Chairman of the Nippon Foundation, has received the 2014 International Maritime Prize for his contribution to the work of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) over many years and, in particular, his personal commitment to supporting the development of future maritime

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

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

MPA Chief to Keynote SOS 2015

Sustainable  Ocean Summit

  Mr Tan will provide the opening keynote address for the World Ocean Council’s Sustainable Ocean Summit, (SOS), 9-11 November 2015. MPA Chief Executive Mr Andrew Tan stated, “Singapore is honoured to host the first Sustainable Ocean Summit to be held in Asia

MPA Calls for Integrated Approach to Blue Economy

Speech by Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA at 3rd Busan International Port Conference (Photo: MPA)

  In his opening address at the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2015 held in Singapore today, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Mr Andrew Tan called for an integrated approach bringing together the science, the research

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.  

Djibouti Maritime Contingency Planning Exercise

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national table top exercise on maritime contingency planning was conducted in Djibouti (9-10 November), as part of a series of events leading up to the official opening of the Djibouti Regional Training Centre on Thursday (12 November).   

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

Singapore Recognises 53 Ships Under Green Ship Programme

Image by Government of Singapore.

 The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) today recognised another 53 Green Ships from 41 companies that have qualified for the Green Ship Programme (GSP) at the Third Singapore Registry of Ships Forum (SRS Forum).   The GSP encourages Singapore-flagged ships to reduce carbon

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

Draft Law on Arctic Development

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  The draft law on the development of the Arctic region will be discussed at a joint meeting of the Presidium of the Advisory Council on the Arctic and Antarctic in the Federation Council and the State Commission on the Development of the Arctic November 20.

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