Anteon has been awarded a four-year (base plus three option years), $4.7 million contract to support the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) Department of Defense Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP). The DITSCAP was developed to standardize the process of certifying and accrediting all DoD Automated Information Systems. Under this contract, Anteon and Corbett Technologies, a small business specializing in information assurance and the DITSCAP, will assist the MSC in certifying and accrediting its critical information technology assets. The Anteon Team will review all MSC systems and conduct the supporting activities required to complete the DITSCAP for MSC.
Transport Minister Tony Valeri announced a call for tender for contractors to review vessel security assessments and plans for large Canadian flagged vessels that navigate international waters, and the ports that serve them. Transport Canada is implementing International Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements concerning security plans for commercial vessels that operate internationally, as well as for the ports they visit.
The Liberian Registry has taken a unique initiative by electing to train its own worldwide network of inspectors to perform verification audits for shipowners, operators and managers under the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. It has also decided to approve specific members of the International Association of Classification Societies as competent to carry out ISPS audits on behalf of Liberian-registered vessels.
The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded two contracts totaling $129 million to Northrop Grumman Corporations Ships Systems sector for initial development and delivery of the Coast Guard’s first new National Security Cutter, part of the Coast Guard’s Deepwater program, which is aimed at replacing its aging offshore fleet. “The Coast Guard and the American people urgently need the Deepwater Program,” said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge
ZOCA Container Security BV has developed an innovative approach to preventing unauthorized opening of shipping containers, a serious problem in today’s shipping industry. The ZOCA approach taps Iridium satellite data links to control the containers’ locking devices remotely. The ZOCA system consists of a strong mechanical tamper-proof lock, which can only be operated with a ZOCA handheld mobile device. In order to lock or unlock the container
International maritime security specialist Sea Marshals Limited announced that it has gained insurance which complies with BIMCO’s new Guardcon standards. Launched this week, BIMCO’s Guardcon provides an industry standard contract for the employment of security guards on ships. In particular, it addresses concerns over the relationship between the Master and the Head of the Security team on board a vessel.
ABS will issue a new, comprehensive "Guide For Ship Security" in early January to assist shipowners in meeting the new IMO security standards. These standards are incorporated in the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), adopted by the Contracting Governments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974 at the just completed IMO Diplomatic Conference. "We have been preparing for these new responsibilities for some time," said
Gray Page, a maritime intelligence, investigation and crisis management company, advised that the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee’s (MSC) recently-approved interim guidance on the employment of privately-contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) to combat piracy underlines the requirement for independent vetting of private armed maritime security providers (AMSP). The MSC guidance, issued in May, incorporates recommendations for flag States confirming that it is the responsibility of
Hornbeck Offshore To Issue $450,000,000 Of 5.000% Senior Notes Due 2021. Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) (the "Company") announced today that it has agreed to sell $450,000,000 in aggregate principal amount of its 5.000% Senior Notes due 2021 (the "Senior Notes") pursuant to exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act")
Following closely upon Congressional testimony about international maritime piracy offered by a U.S. State Department official, who called the use privately contracted armed security teams a "game changer in the effort to combat" the international menace, AdvanFort President William H. Watson has issued the following statement: "In testimony this week before the House of Representatives, the Assistant Secretary at Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro said that U
Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation argued for increased U.S. port cybersecurity in a report published online this week. "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and maritime stakeholders need to stay ahead of [cybersecurity] risks in order to keep trade flow
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
The U.S. Coast Guard is declaring 'Sea Area A1' service in certain areas off the coast of the United States based on the performance of the General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 system. The declaration is in accordance with provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe March 3, 2015. While on deployment, Jason Dunham will interact with allied and partner nations
Coastal and seaward security subjects should be incorporated in school and college curriculums, says Commodore G. Prakash, director of the Maritime Warfare Centre at the Southern Naval Command, India. The top naval official said that the security of the seas surrounding India has
The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security held a hearing on U.S. ports today titled "Keeping Goods Moving." The hearing comes during a labor standoff between shipping companies and port workers that shut down 29 West
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to collaborate more closely with India on the strategic Chabahar port development. Rouhani made the pledge when India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval called on him in Tehran. The implementation of Chabahar-Zahedan Railway project and
The maritime environment has presented a complex and challenging operating environment for all of human history. Piracy has been the most dangerous threat for seafarers. The first prize winner of 2015 CIMSEC (Center for International Maritime Security) High School Essay Contest
German liner company Hamburg Sud said it expects to seal the acquisition of the container shipping operations of Chilean shipping group Compania Chilena de Navegacion Interoceanica [CCNI] by the end of March. Earlier, Hamburg Süd has confirmed the long-awaited signing of its
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) entered U.S. 6th Fleet’s area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe Feb. 17, 2015. While on deployment, Laboon will interact with allied and partner nations, highlighting U.S
Japan and China plan to resume security talks with focus on maritime issues as early as April after a four-year hiatus amid simmering tensions over territorial disputes, AFP reports. A meeting planned for Tokyo, which would be the first since January 2011 in Beijing
Turkish parliament’s approval to extend the mandate of Turkish Naval Forces in NATO's operation in the Gulf of Aden for one more year is strategically important, says a report in the Journal of Turkish Weekly. The region is critical for Turkey's foreign trade activities.
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers. As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established
There are calls for a new institution to manage Asia’s maritime disputes - a proposal for Maritime Organization for Security and Cooperation (AMOSC) is in the offing. Last year (2014) brought new tensions to the South China Sea
U.S. and Ghanaian and maritime forces completed Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2015 operations, Feb. 24, 2015. The Military Sealift Command’s joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) and an embarked combined law enforcement detachment (LEDET)