USCG Amends NVICs
The U.S. Coast Guard has amended three of its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) relating to maritime security. NVIC 03-03 regarding implementation guidance for facilities now provides, among other things, additional policy guidance and draft letters of approval. NVIC 04-03 regarding guidance for verification of vessel security plans now provides, among other things, a domestic vessel security plan verification guide. Changes to NVIC 06-03 regarding port state security targeting and boarding are made in two parts. Changes include a discussion of the International Port Security (IPS) program and country advisories, as well as amendments to the enclosures. NVIC 06-03, Part 1 and NVIC 06-03, Part 2. (HK Law).