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Navigating through U.S. Maritime Security Requirements By Dennis L. Bryant Senior Maritime Counsel Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C. The U.S. Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) imposes various maritime security requirements on operating in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Maritime security regulations promulgated by the U.S. Coast Guard implement some (but not all) of the MTSA requirements and impose some additional requirements. In other words, Congress has imposed various requirements on the owners and operators of ships navigating waters of the United States and the U.S. Coast Guard has not provided full guidance on how to comply with those legislative mandates. Foreign ships subject to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Convention) seeking to operate in waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States will have to undertake their ship security assessments earlier than might be necessary under the ISPS Code. Likewise, they will have to prepare their ship security plan not later than December 29, 2003 (rather than July 1, 2004, as provided in the ISPS Code). All commercial ships will have to include in the vessel security plan submitted to the Coast Guard several items that were not listed by the agency in its July 1, 2003 interim rulemaking. As of July 1, 2004, all ships navigating U.S. waters must be operating in compliance with their vessel security plans


Panama increases ISPS certification

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has announced it has issued Full Term ISSC certificates to 65% of the fleet that has filed its ship security plans. Some 4,677 ship security plans have been filed by ship owners and been approved. Eight days before the July 1st deadline, AMP officials said that the AMP’s Maritime Security Department has issued some 3,059 five-year International Ship Security Certificates (ISSC) to the vessels that have completed all requirements for the issuance of


MCA Approves First Ship Security Plans

The United Kingdom’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has recently approved the first two Ship Security Plans for UK flagged vessels. It expects these to be the first of many before the implementation date of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) on 1st July 2004. The first verifications of ships security systems have been scheduled for early November. The plan approved was for the vessel CMA – CGM Normandie


PMA Implementation of ISPS Code

The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) posted on its Internet site a revised circular discussing implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. Among other things, the circular identifies the Recognized Security Organizations (RSOs) for purposes of evaluation of ship security plans and the RSOs for verification of the plans. Merchant Marine Circular No. 131 Revised (12/30/03). For more information, contact PMA at Fax: (507) 232 8268 or E-mail: MSD@amp.gob


Panama Selects Recognized Security Organization

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) has selected Phoenix Management Services Group Inc, represented in Panama by Phoenix Vessels services Inc, to assess on the evaluation of ship security plans. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, approved in December 2002 by the International Maritime Organization, is an amendment to the SOLAS/74 convention and will enter force on July 1st, 2004. The AMP recently created the new Department of Maritime Security in charge of


Cosco Bulk Carrier Meets Security Code

ABS Americas Division announced its first certification of a vessel in North or South America to the IMO’s International Ship and Port Security (ISPS)Code. COSCO (H.K.) Shipping Company’s 17,066 dwt bulk carrier “You Ya” was successfully audited at the Port of Houston with ABS approving its ship security plans and the necessary security audits for issuance of the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC).


IMO Provides ISPS Code implementation Status

The IMO provided ISPS Code implementation figures as of June 11, 2004. To date, 38 governments have provided responses indicating 21,347 ships from those nations are subject to the ISPS Code; 16,465 ship security plans have been submitted to these governments; and 4,841 International Ship Security Certificates (ISSCs) have been issued. Of the 6,114 port facilities identified by these governments, 2,044 have submitted security plans and 654 have been approved


Panama Approves Charge for ISSC Certificate

The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) board of directors approved recently a $ 250 charge for issuing the International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC). All Panama-flagged vessels have to file a ship security plan, which is to be assessed by the Recognized Security Organization Phoenix Vessels Services Inc, selected as sole RSO by the AMP on August 12th for this purpose. An in-situ inspection of vessels, made by other Recognized Security Organizations accredited by the AMP


ISPS Implementation: IMO Notes Continued Improvement

The latest ISPS Code implementation figures show a steady improvement, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos said on Friday (25 June). “The figures released today indicate that both the number of ship security plans submitted and International Ship Security Certificates issued are increasing as we approach the home strait to 1 July 2004,” Mr. Mitropoulos said. “The proportion of port facility plans approved – while still low – is also increasing


GAC’s Non-Lethal Vessel Security Solutions

The GAC Group has launched a new solution in crisis management and anti-piracy services – GAC Protective Solutions, Powered by Cerberus – to provide professional security and protective solutions for ships, cargo and crew. The core services include: crisis management, officer/crew training, protective equipment supply, sea marshal services, intelligence reports and alerts, coordination with international and Coalition Maritime Task Forces


AFBO to Provide Security in Arctic Waters

Eight countries of the Arctic Council (AC), form the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (AFBO)

  State of the Arctic Council to establish a new mechanism to strengthen operational cooperation and coordination of activities at sea. This is dictated by the need to provide security in the Arctic waters. The eight countries of the Arctic Council (AC)


BIMCO Outlines LIS Week Schedule

Giles Noakes, Chief Maritime Security Officer, BIMCO

BIMCO’s breakfast brief, titled “The Future Of Maritime Security” is aimed at CEOs and Directors who will have an opportunity to hear more on the latest threats facing merchant vessels operating in risk prone areas, how this threat is calculated by the military


Detroit Agencies Perform Maritime Security Exercise

Detroit Coast Guard members are participating in a Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee multi-agency table-top exercise Wednesday at the Detroit Fire Department Regional Training Center. The purpose of this exercise is to test plans and policies of federal, provincial


USCG Commissions National Security Cutter in Boston

The Commissioning ceremony. James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters and the second to be homeported on the East Coast

  The Coast Guard commissioned its newest National Security Cutter, the 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter James, Saturday during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Boston. "Joshua James began his life-saving career at 15 and saved more than 600 lives," said Coast Guard Commandant Adm


Latest USCG Cutter At Boston Harbor

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell

The Coast Guard’s latest 418-foot National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) entered Boston Harbor August 3, 2015. The James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters – the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet.


USCG’s New Cutter Pulls into Boston

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ross Ruddell)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) latest 418-foot National Security Cutter James (WSML 754) entered Boston Harbor August 3 ahead of her commissioning scheduled for August 8.   James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters – the largest and most technologically


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


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


GOST Donates EZ-Tracker for 'Impossible Dream'

GOST EZ-Tracker

  GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), celebrating its 10th year as a world leader in marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced today that it has donated a GOST EZ-Tracker to provide location information as part of the refit of the universally


Maritime Security Experts Meet in Cleveland

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For maritime security experts, there were many lessons learned after the 2011 Republican National Convention in Tampa. That’s why those experts are meeting now in Cleveland, the site of the 2016 RNC to learn from the professionals who planned and executed the maritime safety and security


India, Australia Pitch Maritime Drill

Indian Navy Ships Satpura and Kamorta, alongside in Fremantle, Western Australia. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

 With increased awareness that strategic and security interests are converging given the geopolitical situation, India and Australia have agreed to hold their first ever bilateral naval exercise in this year and are planning to make the joint war game a regular feature in coming years.


EU Naval Force Mediterranean Mission Should Be Multi-Agency

File photo

The EU Naval Force mission in the Mediterranean will need to be multi-agency in outlook if it is to succeed.   Strong liaison across different agencies, including the commercial shipping sector will need to be a central element in the EU’s plans to act against human traffickers in


Long Beach Harbor Commissioners Adopt Budget

Photo: Port of Long Beach

Long Beach forges on with modernization, green programs   The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an $829 million budget for the Harbor Department’s next fiscal year, including more than a half a billion dollars for capital improvements at the Port of Long Beach.


Launch of 'Eunavfor Med' Welcomed by BIMCO

Giles Noakes, Chief Maritime Security Officer, BIMCO, Photo LinkedIn

  The decision of the EU Council to launch EUNAVFOR Med* was today strongly welcomed by BIMCO, following the association’s statement on 24 April calling for an extension of Operation Triton’s geographical reach. BIMCO’s April statement highlighted the risks to the health


EU Asks UN for Help with Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Federica Mogherini, EU foreign policy chief. Pic by European External Action Service

 The European Union seeks U.N. authorization to deploy military force in the Mediterranean to stop migrant smugglers.  EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini has pleaded for UN help to dismantle criminal groups smuggling migrants into the European Union.  






 
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