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Port Security Advisory – Nations with Inadequate Port Security Measures

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Port Security Advisory listing nations it has determined to have inadequate port security measures. Ships that have called in any of those nations within the five previous port calls may be subject to increased port state control examination upon arrival in a U.S. port. The enhanced examination may be lessen if the ship establishes a higher security level during the port call, executes a Declaration of Security, logs all security actions in the ship’s log, and reports the actions taken to the USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) prior to arrival in the U.S. port. The nations found to have inadequate port security measures are: Albania, Benin, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kiribati, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nauru, Nigeria, Serbia and Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, and Suriname. The Coast Guard will re-examine the situation on November 9. (HK Law)


New Members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council Announced

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff announced today the appointment of Elliott Broidy, Tom Foley and John Magaw to serve on his Homeland Security Advisory Council. The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), as established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002, is the Secretary’s primary council and is comprised of experts from state and local governments, first responder communities, academia and the private sector


News: Austal USA to Deliver for Cloud Nine

Austal USA is set to deliver a new dinner cruise boat to Cloud Nine of New York. The company specializes in high end corporate and wedding dinner cruises in the New York harbor. Among special features on the 135-ft. (41.1-m) boat are a bridal suite, a fully equipped galley with dumb waiter and an overhead atrium on the upper deck. The aluminum vessel's beam is 30 ft. (9.15 m) with a molded depth of 11.4 ft. (3.5 m). It has tankage for 22,712 liters of fuel and 11,356 liters of water


DHS Names Maritime Security Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced the appointment of the following individuals to serve on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. "On behalf of Secretary Ridge, I am delighted to welcome these advisors to our team," said Admiral Thomas H. Collins, commandant of the Coast Guard. "We look forward to working with the Committee to continue strengthening our efforts to protect our ports and waterways while keeping them open for commerce."


NMSAC Re-established

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that the Secretary of Homeland Security has re-established the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). (Source: Holland & Knight)


Marad Advisory (2011-05) to Mariners: Risk to Vessels Transiting High Risk Waters

1.   THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE RISK TO VESSELS TRANSITING THE HIGH RISK WATERS (HRW) OF THE GULF OF ADEN (GOA), RED SEA, INDIAN OCEAN, ARABIAN SEA AND WATERS OFF THE HORN OF AFRICA (SOMALIA). 2.   THIS ADVISORY WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV UNDER THE HORN OF AFRICA PIRACY PORTAL AND ON THE US COAST GUARD HOMEPORT SITE AT HOMEPORT.USCG.MIL/PIRACY.  OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION IS ALSO POSTED ON THESE WEB SITES.


FBI Issues New Warning

On October 23, the FBI issued an intelligence update warning state and local law enforcement of recent reporting that Al Qaeda is targeting the U.S. railway and petroleum sectors. Information from debriefings of Al Qaeda detainees as of mid-October indicates that the group has considered directly targeting U.S. passenger trains. The U.S. Intelligence Community continues to assess that Al Qaeda plans to attack targets that they believe would be readily recognized as representing


MARAD Issues Maritime Alert

In conjunction with the raising of the national threat level to high (orange), the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a MARAD Advisory with recommendations to owners and operators of vessels and maritime facilities regarding steps that should be taken to enhance security. MARAD Advisory 03-06 Source: HK Law


J.F. Lehman & Company Adds Three Members to Operating Executive Board

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NEW YORK – J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors, is pleased to announce the addition of the Honorable Michael J. Bayer, General John D.W. Corley, USAF (Ret.) and Mr. Dean M. Flatt to its Operating Executive Board ("OEB"). The OEB is a group of seasoned industry and government executives who have significant experience in the firm's target industries


Coast Guard Looks to Fill TSAC Vacancies

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Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies / Coast Guard, DHS Requests TSAC Applications. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). This Committee advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. DATES: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in time to reach Patrick Mannion


Coast Guard Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest and South.   The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures or restrictions:   Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River:


Global Diving & Salvage Hires VP in Houston

Mike Brown (Photo: Global Diving & Salvage)

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has hired Mike Brown as Vice President of Energy Services, working from the company’s Houston office.   In his new position Brown, will focus his efforts to increase Global's position in the domestic and international energy market and will be


ABS Publishes CyberSafety Guidance

ABS has published Guidance Notes on the Application of Cybersecurity Principles to Marine and Offshore Operations.   This cybersecurity guidance note is the first volume in the ABS CyberSafety series, and provides best practices for cybersecurity as a foundational element of overall safety


US Coast Guard Approves Official Electronic Charts

 The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications.   Issued February 5, the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered


American Maritime Safety Award for Crowley

Safety awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices

  Crowley Maritime Corporation was recognized today with a 2015 AMS Safety Award by American Maritime Safety, Inc. (AMS) for the company’s implementation of a drug and alcohol awareness program for crewmembers that perform safety-sensitive functions on vessels calling U.S. ports


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


Dryad Maritime's Mediterranean Special Advisory

Courtesy Defence Interaction Intelliegence Agency

  This morning Dryad Maritime released their Mediterranean Special Advisory, an in depth report, looking at the complex threats currently facing commercial shipping in the Mediterranean Sea. It has been written with the purpose of providing a better understanding of this important area of sea


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.


PwC Greece Establishes Maritime Sustainability Center

PwC Greece has  introduced a new team of specialists focusing on sustainable business in the shipping sector, the Maritime Sustainability Center, led by the well-known shipping sustainability expert, Ms. Helena Athoussaki. Working within PwC’s Shipping Advisory Group


Cosco, China Shipping Merger Gets Green Signal from Beijing

Photo: China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO Group)

 China State Council has given the go-ahead for country's two largest shipping conglomerates to merge, continuing a trend in the industry to trim down state-owned enterprises, reports Caixin Media.   The China Ocean Shipping Co. (COSCO Group) and China Shipping Group Co


Panama Canal locks lane outage, Transit Reservation System

Canal & Straits Transits  Courtesy GAC

  According to the ACP’s Advisory to Shipping A-39-2015, locks lane outages at Pedro Miguel (west) and Gatun (east) locks are confirmed from midnight 26 December until noon on 30 December 2015 for repairs and maintenance.  


Cyber at Sea: House-Passed Legislation Signals Focus on Maritime Cybersecurity

Image: U.S. House of Representatives

 Recent developments in the United States suggest that cybersecurity of the maritime sector will come under increasing focus in 2016, says Hogan Lovells.   On December 16, 2015, H.R. 3878, “Strengthening Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Coordination in Our Ports Act of


US Western Rivers Closures, Restrictions

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  The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and


Coast Guard Advises Western River Closures, Restrictions

File image: a Mississippi River fleeting operation. (WCI)

The United States Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures


Western Rivers High Water Closures, Restrictions - Update

Mississippi River Photo DNR

  The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the midwest. To keep the public and professional mariners apprised of changes to river traffic, the 8th District will continue to issue press releases capturing all closures and






 
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