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Antal Joins Port of Tacoma

James G. Antal recently joined the Port of Tacoma as Director of Port Security. In this position, he is responsible for protection of personnel, preservation of assets and strategic direction for Port security. Antal brings more than 24 years experience in international and domestic security management. Most recently, he was employed by Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Security Consultants Group, Inc. as Division Manager for the Protective Forces Division, responsible for 700 armed security personnel at U.S. government facilities throughout the United States. As a security consultant and manager in Europe and North Africa, Antal worked with embassies of the United States, Israel and India, as well as numerous commercial and governmental clients, including a commercial marine terminal at the Port of Tunis, Tunisia. As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Antal managed personnel training, intelligence, physical security and classified information security at assignments in Italy, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Syria, Egypt and Mozambique. He retired from active service in 1988 with the rank of Major. "Jim brings expertise in physical security, threat analysis, intelligence and management to the Port of Tacoma," said Timothy J. Farrell, the Port's Deputy Executive Director. "Our customers and public officials will find that he offers leadership, creativity and a collaborative approach to the challenges of port and supply chain security."

HSA Focuses on Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Industries Association (HSIA), kicked off its formation today by presenting seven position statements that recommend how government and industry can work together on critical homeland security areas. The HSIA position statements address airport security; port and maritime security; protection against bio-terrorism and chemical agent attacks, radiological and nuclear security; critical infrastructure protection and physical security; information technology security;

News: USCG Oks Barge Security Plan

The American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Model Vessel Security Plan for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been approved by the United States Coast Guard. AWO developed the security plan after 9/11 to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Model Plan was developed in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a special AWO Security Working Group

DOT Grant Money Available for Security

U.S. ports will soon begin applying for $93.3 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to enhance seaport security. The new Port Security Grants program will be administered by the Maritime Association (MARAD) and the U.S. Coast Guard on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "We're very pleased that Congress recognized the tremendous need for Federal help at U.S. seaports and appropriated emergency funding for security enhancements," said Kurt J

Cal Maritime Security Awareness Course

The California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA, is offering an online certificated course in Maritime Security Awareness for workers in the maritime environment.  The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002 require that regulated vessel and facility owners and operators assure and document that they have provided Maritime Security Training for “other personnel” who routinely have access to

New Anti-Piracy Firm Launched in San Diego

Skye Maritime, A New Anti-Piracy Firm, Is Launched By Two U.S. Armed Services Veterans; Providing high-quality training and ethics based approach to security and anti-piracy solutions in war risk regions at sea. Skye Maritime, a new firm offering security and anti-piracy solutions for clients operating in war risk regions at sea, is beginning operations this month. The company, launched by two U.S. Armed Forces veterans, provides a specialized training and ethics based approach to security

Schwarzenegger Announces $5M Port Security Grant

Governor Schwarzenegger joins Admiral Kevin J. Eldridge, USCG, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District and Matt Bettenhausen, Director, Office of Homeland Security, State of California, onboard a UTB-41 Coast Guard boat to observe coast guard port security drills. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a $5 million grant to improve port security at 11 of California's ports during a visit to the San Diego Coast Guard Joint Operations Center

Government Update: Cargo Security Strategy

by Dennis Bryant, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its draft White Paper on a National Cargo Security Strategy. The Department is seeking stakeholder feedback. The vision is for “a system for supply chain security that mitigates the evolving terrorist threat and facilitates the free flow of global commerce in order to ensure the physical and economic well being of the United States and its trading partners.”

DOT Grants Program Will Provide Port Security Funding

U.S. ports will soon begin applying for $93.3 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to enhance seaport security. The new Port Security Grants program will be administered by the Maritime Association (MARAD) and the U.S. Coast Guard on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). “We’re very pleased that Congress recognized the tremendous need for Federal help at U.S. seaports and appropriated emergency funding for security enhancements,” said Kurt J

TT Club Warns Baltic Ports to Protect Against Reputational Damage

Andrew Huxley (Photo courtesy of TT Club)

Speaking during Baltic Transport Week in Gdansk this week Andrew Huxley, Development Director at freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, warned port and terminal operators to be aware of the reputational damage that can be a serious consequence of uninsured incidents resulting from avoidable risks. It is estimated that for every unit cost incurred in insurance claims it can cost between eight and thirty-six times that amount in direct and indirect uninsured losses for the business

Snow storms, Earthquakes - Scientists to Predict

Photo Press office of the governor YaNAO

  Russian scientists have demonstrated the ability to predict earthquakes, typhoons and snowstorms on the changes of the atmosphere. "These experiments allow satellite data on the state of the atmosphere to detect the earliest stages of seismic processes which result in a strong

Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners

  The Nautical Institute’s latest book, Human Performance and Limitation for Mariners, builds on a concept first introduced in the aviation industry that was responsible for a massive reduction in accidents. This concept will enable seafarers to make the best use of their physical and

Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference

Hon Mal Brough MP Courtesy Parliament of Australia

Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, the Hon Mal Brough MP, today opened the Australian Centre for Cyber Security Conference at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.   Minister Brough said that the Australian Government believes that strong cyber security is fundamental to

USNS Maury Completes Acceptance Trials

USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed Acceptance Trials, November 6, following a week of extensive ship tests and underway events, included testing of major propulsion, auxiliary, damage control and deck systems.    Designed to perform acoustic, biological, physical, and geophysical surveys

Mount Whitney Dry Docking Nears Completion

Sailors stationed aboard the U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), paint the ship’s anchor gold during the golden anchor ceremony March 19, 2015.

  The U.S. 6th fleet’s command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), entered the final stages of its renovation and overhaul at the Viktor Lenac shipyard, in Rijeka, Croatia, July 11, 2015. After successfully completing the majority of a seven-month docking, renovation

Shore Leave: Re-think on Balancing Security, Seafarer Rights

(Photo: Alex Sergienko)

Before port states became hyper-sensitive to security issues, shore leave was natural part of a seafarer’s life.  You worked long and hard hours at sea, often for extended periods of time on long voyages.  When the ship reached port, you went ashore and decompressed

CNO Puts Warfighting First in Navy’s Five-year Plan

CNO Adm. Greenert holds an all-hands call with service members, civilians and their families at Naval Support Activity Bahrain where he discussed the current status of the Navy and presented U.S. Naval Forces Central Command with the Navy Unit Commendation for meritorious service in the performance of assigned missions from June 2010 to June 2015. (US Navy photo by Nathan Laird)

U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert on Monday highlighted the U.S. Navy's intended track and investments in a document that outlines the Navy’s navigational plan for the next five years.   "This year's navigation plan highlights our Navy's key investments

Piracy Still Hot in Southeast Asia -PVI

Photo: PVI

Southeast Asia is likely to see a record number of ship hijackings in 2015 as demand for illicit oil, together with a well-established black market, will continue to drive maritime attacks in the region, advises private maritime security company PVI.  

USMMA Welcomes Class of 2019

Photo: USMMA

On Saturday, August 8, The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point welcomed 243 “plebe candidates” of the Class of 2019 into the Regiment of Midshipmen as they took USMMA’s Corps of Cadets Oath administrated by Rear Admiral James A. Helis, Ph.D

Port of Long Beach Awarded FEMA Security Grants

Security at Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach’s Security Division has been awarded $3.4 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to fund ongoing projects that protect the port. The grants will enhance port security systems such as physical security equipment and monitoring and detection

Port Security Requires Early Planning

Dr. Mark Yong, Business Development Director for BMT

  Port security has too often lagged behind the demands of ever more vulnerable facilities with new technology often being deployed as an after-market add-on, rather than a homogenous part of the port’s day to day working. With new ports being developed on green or brown-field sites

Vitol Supplying Bunker Fuel to Houston, Mississippi River

Press release -- Vitol announced it has begun supplying physical bunker fuel to Houston and the Mississippi River. Bunker grades RMG, RMK and DMA 0.1 percent will be marketed under the V-Marine Fuels brand, on a retail (delivered) basis in Houston.

Spotlight: Cyber Risk Management


An increasing number of systems on ships and at marine facilities depend on cyber technologies for routine operations. While cyber technology has improved efficiencies in the marine industry and around the world, it has also created potential vulnerabilities.

Port Operations Can Be Risky Business

Photo: Risk Intelligence

The horrific explosions in the Chinese port of Tainjin illustrated vividly just how volatile port operations can be. But safety issues are only one facet of risk in the complex world of shipping ports. From piracy on the high seas to data thievery in port

Wilhelmsen Upgrades Maritime Protection Nitrogen System

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions has re-introduced the Maritime Protection nitrogen inert gas system with significant functionality improvements designed to provide efficient performance and a longer operational life. The primary enhancement is a unique system design with one of the smallest

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