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.
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.
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
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.
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
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")
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
The Navy informs that the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer 'USS Truxtun' (DDG 103) has departed Souda Bay, Greece, en route to conduct combined training and theater security cooperation engagements in the Black Sea with Romanian and Bulgarian Naval forces
Private maritime security provider AdvanFort announced that it will commence a restructuring program to implement rigid quality control for its PCASPs, meant to ensure that the company complies fully with all regulations in the maritime security industry.
Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista's bankrupt shipmaker and sister oil company are extending tests in the offshore Tubarão Azul field until March 7, according to a Wednesday securities filing. OSX Brasil SA said its OSX-1 platform would continue tests in the field operated by Oleo e Gas
Reuters - Bulgaria, heavily dependant on Russia for gas and oil, will estimate its own reserves and seek alternatives to cope with any worsening of the Ukrainian crisis, it said on Tuesday. Bulgaria imports over 70 percent of its energy resources
The recent deaths of two security operatives on board the Maersk Alabama highlighted an acute concern amongst the shipping community: the threat of substance abuse. That there were narcotics found in the same cabin as the individuals concerned is even more worrying, but nothing new
Jeh Charles Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced on February 28th that Paul F. Zukunft has been nominated by President Obama to be the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. His nomination requires Senate confirmation. Johnson said last Friday
The Defense Science and Technology Organization (DSTO) and Lockheed Martin Australia have signed a new strategic alliance to collaborate on a range of technologies for strengthening defense and national security. The agreement was signed for DSTO by the Chief Defence Scientist Dr
Texas Marine Unit Uses Yellowfin-built Shallow Water Vessels for Border Patrol missions. Menaced by Mexican drug cartels, the Texas Department of Public Safety operates a fleet of six shallow-water vessels it commissioned in late 2011 and 2012 to patrol its borders
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) granted a passenger vessel operator a decrease in the amount of financial responsibility it is required to maintain to reimburse passengers when an operator fails to perform cruises as contracted.
Building programs continue, spanning the full range of missions, despite budget concerns. Amidst all the talk of Beltway budget cutbacks and sequestration, the U.S. Coast Guard is quietly investing approximately $30 billion in major acquisition projects to modernize its physical assets
Reuters - Transocean Ltd, owner of the world's largest offshore drilling fleet, said it could take up to 18-24 months for demand to recover as customers delay drilling programs. Demand for offshore rigs is tapering as major oil companies trim exploration and production budgets in the face of
Sentina Corp, a New York-based producer of protective cargo coverings, says it has been awarded the designation of 'Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology' under the Department of Homeland Security's Safety Act for its Freight Glove, a reusable, vacuum-sealable, and tamper-evident covering.
On Monday, February 24, European Union counter-piracy operation Atalanta and EUCAP Nestor, the civilian-led Maritime Security Capacity building EU Mission, hosted two training sessions for Tanzanian Maritime Police and Navy in Dar es Salaam to share knowledge and experiences in fight against
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C., Wednesday. Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the Coast Guard
U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) released the following joint-statement regarding New Jersey’s shortage of rock salt: “We are pleased to hear that the first shipment of rock salt arrived at Port Newark last night