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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: www.maritimesecurity.org


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

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 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

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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.   


EU Backs Migrant Crisis Naval Plan

Map Source: IOM

 EU foreign ministers have agreed to launch a military mission against migrant smugglers in the Mediterranean.    The decision allows European governments to move ahead with plans for a naval operation. European naval forces will intercept and destroy ships used by smugglers of


Launch of 'Eunavfor Med' Welcomed by BIMCO

Giles Noakes, Chief Maritime Security Officer, BIMCO, Photo LinkedIn

  The decision of the EU Council to launch EUNAVFOR Med* was today strongly welcomed by BIMCO, following the association’s statement on 24 April calling for an extension of Operation Triton’s geographical reach. BIMCO’s April statement highlighted the risks to the health


Dynamic Positioning Training Center Launched in Shanghai

Shanghai Opening (Photo: C-Mar)

C-MAR, an international marine and offshore services provider, and the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) has officially launched the Dynamic Positioning training facility (DPC-SMU) at a special ceremony in Shanghai. In the first joint venture of its kind


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


North Korea Test-Fires Missile from Submarine

Image: Rodong Sinmun

 North Korea has successfully test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine in what would be the latest display of the country’s advancing military capability.   The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally


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


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


EU Asks UN for Help with Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief. Pic by European External Action Service

 The European Union seeks U.N. authorization to deploy military force in the Mediterranean to stop migrant smugglers.  EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini has pleaded for UN help to dismantle criminal groups smuggling migrants into the European Union.  


Rolls-Royce Builds on Decade of Marine Research Collaboration

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Ten years ago, Rolls-Royce partnered with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Marintek Research Centre to create a unique research centre in Norway. The partners have renewed their agreement in Trondheim, Norway


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


Iran Complains of Foiled Yemen Aid as Ship Standoff Looms

Iran complained to the United Nations Security Council of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition's forces hindering its attempts to send aid to Yemen as a standoff loomed on Wednesday over an Iranian cargo ship bound for the Arabian Peninsula under military escort.  


Yemen Says Iran to Blame for Any Incident Sparked by Cargo Ship

Yemen warned on Wednesday that if Iran did not allow a cargo ship bound for the Arabian peninsula with a military escort to be searched then it "bears complete responsibility for any incident that arises from their attempt to enter Yemeni waters."  


Iranian Ships Fire Warning Shots at Singapore-flagged Vessel

Iranian naval vessels fired what appeared to be warning shots over a Singapore-flagged ship in international waters in the Gulf on Thursday, prompting it to flee to United Arab Emirates waters, U.S. officials said.   The Alpine Eternity, a 29,130 gross tonnes oil products tanker


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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