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Port of Memphis Exercises Security Plans

The Coast Guard, partnered with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as many of the key port players, exercised risk management strategies aimed at protecting the city and the Port of Memphis. The exercise was led by the DHS Protective Security Advisor for the Memphis District, Mr. Greg Innis. The exercise participants included representatives from Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, Tennessee and Shelby County Emergency Management Agencies, Memphis Police Department, Shelby County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Attorney's Office, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Port Commission, Railroad Police and many local facility security officers. The group conducted a table-top exercise to assess the area's ability to rapidly increase security measures within the Port of Memphis. The Coast Guard fulfills its role as Federal Maritime Security Coordinator by overseeing the implementation of the Area Maritime Security Plans. The responsibilities of the AMSC cover the entire spectrum of security activities: awareness, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The dynamic interactions of the members produce tremendous dividends in the form of expedient communications, coordinated prevention, greater preparedness and more effective response and recovery.


Statement on Piracy by CG Commandant

Statement on Piracy by CG Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen: Piracy has been rightfully called an insult to civilization.  The recent pirate attacks on the motor vessels Maersk Alabama and Liberty Sun focused the attention of the American public on what has been an increasingly significant international issue.  It is important that the American public and the international community know that the U.S. Government is working hard to find an enduring international solution to this


U.S. Maritime Strategy: a Time for New Beginnings

The imperative for a holistic United States maritime strategy has never been greater. This is not news to many of you, but the call must be raised more persistently, more vocally and by many more of us, in order to drive action beyond rhetoric.  The National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System was published in July 2008 by the previous administration. We are now in the second iteration of leadership changes at the Department of Transportation and Maritime Administration since


IDGA’s 9th Annual Maritime Homeland Security Summit

Defining priorities, building partnerships, and modernizing capabilities have recently been at the forefront of the Maritime Community’s agenda. The U.S. Coast Guard’s leadership vision for the 21st Century and the Department of Homeland Security’s release of the Implementation Plan for the Small Vessel Security Strategy are two focal points being addressed to enhance the national capacity for maritime homeland Sscurity.  


First Great Lakes Security Plan Approved

In accordance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Milwaukee has reviewed and approved the first facility security plan in the Great Lakes region. This regulated facility is one of the first maritime facilities in the United States to receive U. S. Coast Guard approval under the full compliance review process. The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires maritime facilities to conduct facility security assessments and develop facility


Greene Superintendent U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

From left to right: U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari, MARAD Administrator David Matsuda, Secretary Ray LaHood, Photo courtesy MARAD, Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr., Deputy MARAD Administrator Orlando Gotay. (Photo courtesy MARAD)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr. will become the new Superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Admiral Greene holds a Merchant Marine Master’s license and is a 1978 Academy graduate. “Rear Admiral Greene will bring strong leadership to the Academy,” said Secretary LaHood. “His commitment to the midshipmen, his experience as an Academy graduate


Admiral Papp to Explain USCG Arctic Strategy at CSIS Forum

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp receives a briefing on Arctic conditions. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Admiral Robert J. Papp, 
Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, to address the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) forum on May 21, 2013. CSIS Europe Program will host a Military Strategy Forum on the Coast Guard's strategic vision for its future role in the Arctic, featuring Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr., 
Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and 

Heather A. Conley
 Senior Fellow and Director of the Europe Program, CSIS
.


U.S. Coast Guard Academy Establishes Center for Maritime Policy & Strategy

The new center aims to promote education, research and policy innovation on contemporary challenges to America’s maritime interests. The center’s primary mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship across maritime policy communities and academic disciplines. The center’s initial research focus encompasses the Arctic, governance of marine resource frontiers, coastal management and marine spatial planning and holistic approaches to maritime security.


Maritime Security Initiative Launched

United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced their introduction of the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act. Murray, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and Collins, Chairman of the full Senate Homeland Security Committee, co-authored the bill to improve the security of the millions of cargo containers that enter America's ports unchecked each year


U.S. Port Security: Full Steam Ahead

The U.S. Department of Transportation advanced its port security efforts as U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta announced that TRW Inc. has been selected to perform Port Vulnerability Assessments (PVA) under contract to the Coast Guard for the nation's most critical commercial and military seaports. This selection follows the successful implementation the Department's new Port Security Grants Program, which provides funding for port security enhancements.


USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska

Coast Guard R&D Center researchers board a helicopter as they prepare to evaluate remote Alaskan sites to establish a communications relay network. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Research & Development Center staff)

Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluates state-of-the-art communications equipment and Next Generation Incident Command System in Alaska   At nearly 663,000 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and over twice the size of Texas


TSA Boosts Maritime Security in a Big Way

File photo: Chris Casey

Though most visible to the general public for its work at America’s airports, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also helps to secure the country’s transportation network in a number of other ways, including assisting the U.S


US Coast Guard Announces Final TWIC Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the publication of the final rule concerning Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader requirements. The rule requires owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections


New Ship Repair Yard for Zayed Port

Photo: Abu Dhabi Ports

 Abu Dhabi Ports and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) have signed a long term contract that when fully realized will see a fully operational ship repair facility that will also include a floating dock capability within Zayed Port.   


Royal Navy Sailors Train with Wasp

Royal Navy Leading Airman (Aircraft Handler) Rohorne Mckenzie observes the landing of an MV-22B Osprey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) July 13, 2016. Wasp is deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)

The Royal Navy sent six Sailors, from Navy Command Headquarters in Portsmouth, England, to integrate into Wasp’s flight deck operations to prepare them for their upcoming Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. Her Majesty’s Ship (HMS) Illustrious was the last carrier in British


Italy Raises Security Level at Tourist Ports

Photo: Naples Port Authority

Italy raised the security level at its tourist ports on Thursday, a coastguard spokesman said, meaning intensified controls of people and vehicles during the height of the summer tourist season. Coastguard Admiral Vincenzo Melone sent a letter ordering passenger and cruise-ship ports to raise


Panama Maritime Authority Eyes More Ships

Image: Panama Maritime Authority

 The Panamanian Maritime Administration is running important market strategies to expand the fleet, the Bulletin Panama quoted Jorge Barakat Pitty, the Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) as saying.    "Thanks to these efforts for the period 2016-2020


NSC Munro Passes Builder’s Trials

Munro, the sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) built at Ingalls Shipbuilding, spent three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing all of the ship’s systems. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC) Munro (WMSL 755) has completed builder’s sea trials following three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing all of the ship’s systems.   Munro is the sixth NSC built at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding


IMO’s Maritime Security Work Highlighted

Photo Courtesy: International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Skynews

 Recent security exercises in the English Channel involving military personnel on board ships have sparked heightened media interest in maritime security in the region.    As a result, International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work in this field has been highlighted on the UK


USS Carney Rescues 97 Migrants in Mediterranean

A visit, board, search and seizure team from the guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) approaches a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. navy photo by Chief Information Systems Technician Wesley R. Dickey)

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) aided in the rescue of 97 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean Sea, July 29. Carney is forward deployed to Rota, Spain, and is conducting a routine patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S


Drones: Is the Maritime Industry Ready?

SHIP SERVICE: Maersk Tankers is testing drones for making deliveries to its vessel. (Photo: Maersk Group)

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or “drones” in common parlance, are not a part of the historical maritime vocabulary. At least not yet. While the term “drones” may conjure images from science fiction, the reality is that companies are designing commercial UAS for the private


IMO Workshop in Morocco Promotes Energy Efficiency Measures

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 An International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop is raising awareness of the organization’s regulatory regime dealing with improving energy efficiency and the control of GHG emissions from ships.    Participants from Moroccan governmental departments


Foxx Names New Members to Maritime Industry Advisory Panel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the appointment of 29 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee (MTSNAC).  Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, ship construction, repair and recycling


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


Somalia Stakeholders Forum Reviews Maritime Code

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 ​The revised Somalia Maritime Code is being finalized at a four-day Stakeholders Forum, sponsored by International Maritime Organization (IMO) (Kigali, Rwanda 12-15 July).    The workshop is part of IMO’s ongoing technical assistance to the Federal Government of Somalia and






 
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