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IMCA Publishes Security, Emergency Guidance

Jane Bugler (Photo: IMCA)

The threat to maritime security from piracy, terrorism, criminal acts, and hostage and kidnapping threats continues to pose challenges to ships’ owners, masters and crew members, and has resulted in  the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) (Booth S16 at OTC) publishing ‘Security Measures and Emergency Response Guidance’ (IMCA SEL 037, IMCA M 226). “Safety is of paramount importance, and our document aims to provide guidance to masters, company and ship security officers and other crew members and staff, on security measures and emergencies onboard vessels when underway, at anchor or alongside in their own or another country, and also for staff in shore side offices,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “It is intended to reinforce and support existing company and vessel security procedures or provide a framework around which these can be developed where they are not yet in place, such as for new build vessels. “This is in line with IMCA strategic goals of promoting the tools and information to help members undertake all aspects of risk management across all areas of their operations. The guidance is based on a ‘layered defence’ philosophy which embraces the concept of using a number of different but collaborative and co-ordinated security measures to deal with security threats proportionately and effectively


Australia Cautions Against Unilateral Security Measures

The Honorable John Anderson, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and the Minister for Transport and Regional Services delivered a Speech in which he discussed the globalization of the maritime shipping industry and cautioned against unilateral maritime security measures, such as pre-screening of cargo, that go beyond the universal measures being developed at the IMO. Source: HK Law


USCG Port Security Advisory

The U.S. Coast Guard issued an updated Port Security Advisory. The advisory lists nations that have failed to communicate to the IMO or the USCG all required information regarding port facility security compliance. The nations listed in this Advisory are: Albania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, and Nauru. In a change from the previous advisory, Equatorial Guinea has been removed from the list


MTSA policy guidance for certain U.S. vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Guidance regarding use of the Alternative Security Program (ASP) for U.S. vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The guidance advises how to utilize the ASP while continuing to meet requirements of the ISPS Code. It also reminds operators of uninspected domestic vessels that the vessel security plan must clearly describe the security measures that will be employed during voyages to which the maritime security regulations are applicable. (HK Law).


MTSA Policy Guidance for Certain U.S. Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Guidance regarding use of the Alternative Security Program (ASP) for U.S. vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The guidance advises how to utilize the ASP while continuing to meet requirements of the ISPS Code. It also reminds operators of uninspected domestic vessels that the vessel security plan must clearly describe the security measures that will be employed during voyages to which the maritime security regulations are applicable. (HK Law)


DOS: Cost of non-immigrant Visa to Rise

The US Department of State issued a final rule amending the regulations regarding security measures for issuance of non-immigrant visas. Effective January 1, 2008, fingerprinting and name checks will be required for all visa applicants (with certain narrow exceptions not pertinent here). The cost of these additional security measures will be included in the fees for the visas. While not reflected in the Federal Register


Port Security Tightens

U.S. PORTS: Security measures have been imposed at ports around the United States. Masters should therefore be prepared for a more extensive security control of their vessel prior to calling at US ports. PANAMA CANAL: The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has advised that security has been intensified but the transits remain unchanged. SUEZ CANAL: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) confirmed on 12 September that Suez Canal movements are normal. Sources: Worms Services, Paris; C. Fernie & Co


Steps Aimed to Enhance Security

Within one year of President Bush’s signing of the Maritime Transportation Security Act on November 25, 2002 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced approval and publication of the final maritime industry security rules which are designed to significantly improve protection of America’s ports, waterways, and ships from a terrorist attack. “With 95 percent of our nation’s overseas cargo carried by ship


USCG Port Security Advisory for Libya

The U.S. Coast Guard, in light of civil unrest in Libya, issued a Port Security Advisory for Libya March 11, suggesting security measures for ships to take when calling upon Libyan ports. Civil unrest in Libya has prompted U.S. government concerns regarding whether port facility requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code are still being executed and maintained.  The U.S. Coast Guard is unable to determine that effective


New US Coast Guard Regs for Vessels Inbound from Most Yemeni Ports

Due to lack of effective anti-terrorism measures in many Yemeni ports USCG to impose conditions of entry into US waters. The regulations came about following a Coast Guard finding that Yemeni ports do not maintain effective anti-terrorist measures along with an assessment that Yemen presents a significant risk of introducing instruments of terror into maritime commerce. In addition, Yemen's legal regime has deficiencies in the areas of access and cargo control and designated authority


US Helps Micronesia Boost Port Security

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Activities Far East)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team in cooperation with officials from the Federated States of Micronesia’s Department of Transportation, Communication and Infrastructure completed three days of port facility security seminars in March.  


BlueTide Launches Cyber Security Solution

BlueTide Communications aims to strengthen remote site network defense with its Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) solution. Suited for remote maritime and offshore sites including yachts, merchant ships, offshore supply vessels, liftboats, rigs and platforms


IMO Supporting Kenya’s Maritime Security

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is leading a maritime security table-top exercise in Mombasa, Kenya (April 21-22) as part of the Organization’s continuing work to implement the Djibouti Code of Conduct.   


France to Help Libya with Naval Security

Image: French Navy

 France has expressed its willingness to help Libya’s new unity government with maritime security as the fledgling administration seeks to assert its authority over the chaos-wracked country, reports AFP.   "We must wait for [Libyan] Prime Minister [Fayez Sarraj] to tell us


Training Program to Boost Abu Dhabi Port Security

Photo courtesy of Abu Dhabi Ports

General Authority for the Security of Ports, Borders and Free Zones and Abu Dhabi Ports establish training program to reinforce comprehensive protection standards; MoU to improve ports and ports systems protection, initiating security training sessions at Abu Dhabi Ports later this year  


Calais Crisis Presents Liability Issues, TT Club Warns

As the political and humanitarian situation in Calais continues to unfold, the specialist freight transport insurer, TT Club provides a perspective on the implications for the freight and haulage industry and steps which operators can take to avoid heavy penalties from being caught carrying


Malaysia, Indonesia Team up to Fight Piracy

Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency

 An increase of incidents of piracy and armed robbery in SouthEast Asia has prompted Malaysian and Indonesian law enforcement to form a joint rapid deployment team in response, says a report in Reuters.   According to reports, the joint force will deploy three helicopters to secure the


Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4


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


DP World to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade

DP World Group CEO Mohammed Sharaf with HRH The Duke of Cambridge and United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce members during their meeting in London recently Photo DP World

  Global marine terminal operator DP World has agreed to a set of 11 principles designed to help tackle the US$ 19 billion illegal wildlife trade. In a groundbreaking meeting in London last week, members of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal


GAC Dubai Wins Group HSSE Award

Stuart Bowie Managing Director of GAC Dubai receiving the trophy Courtesy GAC

  GAC Dubai’s introduction of a suite of practical innovations to improve safety in working conditions and reduce the company’s carbon footprint has won it the Group Chairman’s Award for HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) Excellence for 2015.


Cleargistix Marine Updates Marine Software

Image: Cleargistix

Cleargistix LLC has released version 5.0 of its Cleargistix Marine software, the company announced. Whether tethered to the internet or using offline, Cleargistix Marine 5.0 provides a fleet management and digital logging system for marine companies to manage and record field operations data on


Major Network Upgrade for US Aircraft Carrier Nimitz

USS Nimitz arrives pierside at Naval Base Kitsap Bremerton for a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility where the ship will receive scheduled maintenance and upgrades. (U.S. Navy photo by Ryan J. Mayes)

 U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) has received a massive upgrade to its network infrastructure February 16 in order to increase the ship’s operational efficiency, security and communication capabilities.   


Maritime Cybersecurity: What Next?

The maritime community is no more immune from cyber threats than any other entity that relies on computers and the internet.     The maritime industry, though, constitutes part of the world’s critical infrastructure.  Thus


USCG Removes Conditions of Entry for Cuba Bound Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced last week the removal of Conditions of Entry on vessels arriving from Cuba.   Following a comprehensive assessment, the USCG has determined that Cuba meets the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code requirements established by the






 
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