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IMO Raises Seafarer Issues with US

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos and US Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge met at IMO Headquarters on Friday, 14 January 2005 to discuss maritime security issues of mutual concern. During the meeting, Mr. Ridge expressed appreciation to IMO and its Member States for the rapid and comprehensive international response to maritime security issues following the September 2001 attacks in the United States, including the adoption of the special measures to enhance maritime security which entered into force on 1 July 2004 as part of the SOLAS Convention. Mr. Mitropoulos referred to work carried out by IMO in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on seafarer identification. He stressed the importance of treating seafarers as partners in the maritime security chain and highlighted the need for them to be able to take shore leave after working on board ships for long periods. Mr. Ridge drew attention to the need for authentification and verification of documents relating to individual seafarers and his concerns about fraudulent documentation. He stressed that the United States is looking for ways to move the process forward and said that he would share the Secretary-General's concerns with Washington agencies. The IMO Secretary-General welcomed the input of the United States and, in particular


As Concerns About Seaport Security Mount, the U.S. Government Reacts

"Maritime Domain Awareness" is the new watchword for the maritime community. The discovery of a well equipped, suspected Al-Qa'eda member in a cargo container in Italy was one of the recent stark lessons in the vulnerability of maritime transportation security. In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard temporarily denied entry to the liquefied natural gas tanker Matthew to Boson for insufficient security and a crew member on another vessel who jumped ship in New Orleans was later found to have the


IMO To Address Maritime Security Issues

Experts in maritime security from governments and industry will gather in London next week at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for an inter-governmental meeting devoted to maritime security and counter-terrorism issues. A special intersessional working group of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) will convene for a week-long session (February 11th-15th) to begin in earnest the process of reviewing and revising all existing IMO measures and procedures to


Senate Passes CG Authorization Bill

The Senate passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2004. Negotiations can now commence to resolve differences between this bill and the version adopted by the House of Representatives some time ago. The major difference between the two bills regards security plans for foreign vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The House bill would, in accordance with language in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA)


News: Committee Discusses Marine Safety

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducted an oversight hearing regarding transportation security. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Committee Chair, noted that maritime security remains a daunting task. Mr. Jeffrey Shane, Under Secretary of Transportation Policy, discussed the role of the Department of Transportation regarding security and its coordination with the Department of Homeland Security. Admiral Thomas Collins, Commandant, U.S


Somali Pirate Victims: Lifeboats Spotted

Image courtesy of EU Naval Force

Photo update: sunken MV Albedo lifeboats sighted from the air on Somali beach. Earlier this week, EU Naval Force confirmed that the Malaysian flagged Motor Vessel MV Albedo, held by armed pirates in an anchorage close to the Somali coast since November 2010, had sunk in rough seas An EU Naval Force warship and Maritime Patrol Aircraft closed the scene to search for survivors. During the aerial search, EU Naval Force Maritime Patrol Aircraft sighted two life boats on a Somali beach


USCG Issues Port Security Guidelines

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 9-02 entitled Guidelines for Port Security Committees and Port Security Plans Required for U.S. Ports Building on its Maritime Homeland Security Mission, the Coast Guard Headquarters has advised its field units on how to structure the Port Security Committees and how to develop Port Security Plans. By February 28, 2003, each Captain of the Port (COTP) is to conduct a preliminary port level security assessment in


IMO Will Focus on Security Issues at the MSC

IMO Will Focus on Security Issues Security issues to fore at IMO safety meeting Maritime security issues are high on the agenda of IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which meets for its 75th session from May 15 to 24 , as Member States prepare for a Diplomatic Conference on Maritime Security scheduled for December 2002, at which any new or amended legislation could be adopted. Other major issues to be tackled include the adoption of proposed amendments to the International Convention for


Security Regs Will Impact the Bottom Line

The North of England P&I club has warned its members this week that the International Maritime Organization's new ship-security rules could have a significant impact on the commercial aspects of their operations when it comes into force on 1 July 2004. In the latest issue of its loss-prevention newsletter 'Signals', the 45 million GT club says all existing and future contracts relating to ships' operations - including charterparties


Security Experts Confer on West Africa Maritime Security

More than 60 participants from the 20 coastal Member States  of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA)  joined international experts for a seminar on maritime and port security, held in Cotonou, Benin & organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Experts from France, the United States Coast Guard, the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


Klein Systems Now Saab Technologies

Photo: Saab Technologies

As of June 26, 2015, Klein Systems Group Ltd. has changed its name to Saab Technologies Ltd.    Klein Systems has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Saab AB since 2012. Saab is a $3.5 billion company serving the global market with world-leading products


USMMA's Class of 2019 Arrives for Indoctrination

INDOC 2019 Highest percentage of females ever

  The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) today welcomed its incoming Class of 2019, consisting of 255 plebe candidates representing 46 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. With 50 female candidates, the incoming class has the highest percentage of young women to enter


Terrorists Will Exploit EU Migrant Crisis, ESC Warns

Photo: TORM A-S

ESC Global Security has called for the Mediterranean to be classed a maritime High Risk Area in the wake of the terrorist atrocities in Tunisia and Europe’s escalating migration crisis.   “There is a reasonable doubt that some refugees from these areas will be a threat to


PMSC Approved to Supply Armed Guards on French Ships

Photo: Aspida

Aspida is the first PMSC to be permanently approved by CNAPS to provide armed guards onboard French flagged vessels.   Maritime security firm Aspida informs that as of June 12, 2015 it has become the first private maritime security company (PMSC) to be permanently certified and licensed to


IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code

The IGF Code, which will become mandatory under amendments to SOLAS, aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. (Photo:: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES)

The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its


USCG Commandant Releases Cyber Strategy

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft (USCG photo)

The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, released the service's cyber strategy Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies to ensure the prosperity and security of the nation's Maritime Transportation System (MTS) in the face of a rapidly evolving cyber domain


Training Program to Boost Abu Dhabi Port Security

Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports

General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones and Abu Dhabi Ports establish training program to reinforce comprehensive protection standards; MoU to improve ports and ports systems protection, initiating security training sessions at Abu Dhabi Ports later this year  


US, EU, China Maritime Reps Meet in Brussels

Maritime summit between European Union, U.S. and China boosts cooperation   Representatives from the maritime regulatory authorities of the European Union, the People’s Republic of China and the United States met today in Brussels to discuss antitrust and regulatory issues in maritime


Meet the Maritime Education Standards Council

MESC Women on the Water held its 8th annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., June 9-11, 2015. From left to right: Julie Keim,Capt. Ruth Sparks, Amanda Symonds, Amy Beavers, Capt. Ellen Sease, Marie Adams, Cathy Bancroft, Angela Chancy and Dana Gregory

The Maritime Education Standards Council (MESC) is a coalition of 35 member schools in the U.S. and Canada that offer U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved maritime training courses to professional and recreational mariners. The coalition was formed with the aim to safeguard education standards and


DMCA's Pact with TRAKHEES

Photo: Dubai Maritime City Authority

 Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority charged with regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has signed a strategic service-level agreement (SLA) with Trakhees, a regulatory arm of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone in Dubai


Seagull Maritime Targeting Enclosed Spaces Campaign

Seagull Director, Training Content, Bent Christoffersen

Seagull Maritime has launched a new onboard training course covering Enclosed Space Entry in ships, at a time when the issue is being brought into sharp focus by industry regulators.   A committee meeting of the Ports Memorandum on Port State Control (Paris MOU) in May unveiled plans for a


MAST, WESMAR Partner on Maritime Security

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A new partnership between maritime security company MAST and marine sonar systems provider WESMAR has been established to protect super yachts and the maritime industry from security risks.   Phil Cable, CEO of MAST, said: “Global threats to assets and personnel operating in the


High Level US-China Talks on Maritime

China’s carrier Liaoning. Photo: U.S. Naval Institute

 US and Chinese diplomats have launched talks on maritime disputes as Washington pledged to pull no punches in seeking to resolve simmering problems between the two world powers.   So far, the discussions have been “candid and to the point” in dealing with the “most


Combatting Maritime Cyber Security Threats

Vulnerable to Hacking What should concern many in the maritime industry is that the main ship navigation systems including GPS, AIS and ECDIS receive data via radio frequency transmission at sea and as such are extremely  vulnerable to hacking.

The U.S. Executive Branch has declared that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, and that America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cyber security


Enclosed Space Safety to the Forefront in Maritime

Bent Christoffersen  (Photo: Seagull Maritime)

Seagull Maritime has launched a new onboard training course covering Enclosed Space Entry in ships, at a time when the issue is being brought into sharp focus by industry regulators.   A committee meeting of the Ports Memorandum on Port State Control (Paris MOU) in May unveiled plans for a






 
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