UKHO Publish World's First Security Paper Charts
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office's (UKHO) security charts are designed to protect against risks, including piracy. The two new Admiralty Maritime Security Charts, cover the waters around India and Southeast Asia, including the Malacca Straits. These paper charts provide a single point of reference for recording the most up-to-date security information and, taken together with the UKHO’s three existing security and piracy charts, create the world’s first suite of security planning charts. Admiralty Maritime Security Charts are designed to be used by ship personnel, shore-based managers and security specialists as a key voyage planning tool for recording the latest security-critical navigational information…
USCG Issues Port Security Guidelines
The U.S. Coast Guard issued Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 9-02 entitled Guidelines for Port Security Committees and Port Security Plans Required for U.S. Ports Building on its Maritime Homeland Security Mission, the Coast Guard Headquarters has advised its field units on how to structure the Port Security Committees and how to develop Port Security Plans. By February 28, 2003, each Captain of the Port (COTP) is to conduct a preliminary port level security assessment in conjunction with the Port Security Committee. The assessment will provide the basis for finalizing the Port Security Plan. Source: HK Law
Navigating through U.S. By Dennis L. 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.
Training: Maritime Security Professional Training
Port facilities and Shipping companies are rushing to comply with new international and national maritime security requirements. The ISPS (International Ship and Port Security) and the U.S. maritime security requirements mandate security assessments, plans and training of security personnel. The Maritime Institute of Technology (MITAGS) and its satellite school, the Pacific Maritime Institute (PMI) offer training for port facility, shipping company and ship security officers. MITAGS/PMI is now offering training for Maritime Security Professionals.The ISPS Code, the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002 and in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) mandate training for port facility personnel with specific security duties.
10 Years After 9/11, Security Still a Top Priority of U.S. Ports
AAPA Concerned Federal Budget Cuts May Impact Port Security Progress. Port and industry leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere will pause on Sunday, Sept. 11, as part of the 100th Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in Seattle (Sept. 11-15), to remember those tragically lost in the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil 10 years ago. Among those lost were 84 industry colleagues from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who perished at the World Trade Center. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, America’s seaports and the federal government have joined forces to make major gains in fortifying and hardening port facilities against intruder attack.
Videotel Warns Shipowners Over Security Training Requirements
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DHS Provide Ports with $179M in Grants
As part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to enhancing security at our nation's key ports and facilities, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge has announced $179,025,900 million dollars in Port Security Grants. The Port Security Grant Program provides resources for security planning and projects to improve dockside and perimeter security which is vital to securing our critical national seaports. These new awards will contribute to important security upgrades like new patrol boats in the harbor, surveillance equipment and the construction of new command and control facilities. This grant program represents one layer of the Department of Homeland Security's system of defenses for our nation's ports that includes monitoring the people…
Panama Canal is ISPS Ready
Security at the Panama Canal was enhanced recently as it implemented requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and received fulfillment certification from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Consulting (an affiliate of the American Bureau of Shipping). The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) voluntarily sought certification and chose to comply with the Code, which is mandatory for ship and port facilities by July 1, 2004. The Panama Canal is among the first of the largest maritime organizations in the continent to receive ISPS certification. The enhanced security will improve upon the way the Canal works with ships and port facilities to detect and deter security threats within a standardized and consistent framework…
Becena Named Security Administrator at Port Everglades
Anti-terrorism and physical security specialist Melchor Becena has been named Security Administrator for Broward County’s Port Everglades, announced Port Director Ken Krauter. Becena joins Port Everglades after a search for a top level security/safety advisor to South Florida’s burgeoning cruise, cargo and petroleum seaport. He comes to the South Florida Seaport from the Security and Intelligence Division, Public Safety Business Center, in Fort Bragg, N.C. where he was a Physical Security and Anti-terrorism specialist. He has more than 20 years of experience in security specializing in counter-terrorism, anti-terrorism, intelligence and physical security. He has a Master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo. Highlights of Mr.
Maritime Security Course in Seattle
Beginning July 1, 2005, Seattle Maritime Academy (SMA) will offer courses in Maritime Security, specifically CSO/VSO and FSO. · Company Security Officer – CSO/VSO (3 days). This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel to conduct the duties of a Company Security Officer (CSO) in accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the IMO ISPS Code, and relevant U.S. Coast Guard regulations. · Vessel Security Officer - CSO/VSO (3 days) This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel to conduct the duties of a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) in accordance with the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002…
Liberia Approves Seagull Security Training Package
Maritime Training specialist, Seagull, has secured Liberia’s approval for its unique Security training package. Liberian approval comes little more than a month after Seagull announced that it had been awarded Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) approval for the new security training package, which is to be made available in October. Seagull has sent application for approval to a number of other flag states. Receiving Liberian approval so shortly after getting NMA approval underscores industry recognition of the importance of Seagull’s courses in ensuring seafarers are trained properly in all security matters. Shipowners can now be confident that their seafarers can demonstrate the necessary competency and proficiency.
McRoberts Maritime Security Contracts Access Cruise
McRoberts Maritime Security announced that it has contracted Access Cruise, Inc., for strategic sales support to the cruise industry. "As the cruise industry moves to another phase in its evolution, Access Cruise Inc.'s principal, Shannon McKee, a cruise industry veteran with wide contacts, will serve as a partner to McRoberts as McRoberts seeks to redefine its offerings in response to shifting priorities yet maintain its commitment to quality and maximum value creation for its clients," said Meredith McRoberts, president of McRoberts Maritime Security. "The consistent quality that McRoberts delivers is an integral part of the overall delivery of the cruise guest experience," said Ms. McKee of Access Cruise, Inc.
GMATS Offers Approved Security Courses
Combined Vessel, Company, and Facility Security Officer Course offered by GMATS in multiple locations. This course has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Maritime Administration through the quality standard system of Det Norske Veritas (DNV). It meets the STCW Convention training requirements for Vessel Security Officer. This course ensures that participants learn effective security techniques and training procedures for handling maritime issues both domestic and abroad.
Maritime Security Initiative Launched
United States Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced their introduction of the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act. Murray, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and Collins, Chairman of the full Senate Homeland Security Committee, co-authored the bill to improve the security of the millions of cargo containers that enter America's ports unchecked each year. Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are original cosponsors of this legislation. The nation's current cargo security regime was built pre-9/11, with an emphasis on efficiency but not on security. At present, opportunities for terrorists to tamper with cargo exist at every step along the supply chain.
Videotel Launches Training Course
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EC Adopts Proposal to Implement IMO Agreement on Security
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AAPA Calls for “Continued Progress” in Port Security
In the nearly five years since 9/11, America’s seaports and the federal government have joined forces to make major gains in fortifying and hardening port facilities against intruder attack. “Public port authorities have made seaport security their top priority since September 11, 2001,” said Kurt Nagle, American Association of Port Authorities’ president and CEO. With the combined efforts of public ports, initiatives of federal agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) such as the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ports are significantly safer now than prior to 9/11, he noted. “Ports are a vital part of our nation’s transportation infrastructure and serve as international borders to nearly all U.S. overseas trade,” said Mr. Nagle.
Cal Maritime Security Officer Refresher Course
The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center, through Det Norske Veritas, has approved a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) Refresher Course developed by The California Maritime Academy, a part of The California State University. The course, offered through Cal Maritime’s Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning (SPEL) Department, provides a refresher curriculum for maritime security personnel and is designed to facilitate the transition to the USCG mandatory training for Vessel Security Officers. Effective July 1, 2009 licensed mariners designated as Vessel or Ship Security officers will have to have either passed an approved Vessel Security Officer course, or taken an approved VSO Refresher course and either worked in the position of a VSO or have taken a VSO course.
Column: MTSA: Another Key Layer of Port Security
The Layered Defense. This classic military strategy has been used as a primary approach for defending a valuable target, infrastructure or piece of property for centuries. Medieval rulers had wide moats and drawbridges surrounding their castles, followed by high walls and armies ready with flaming arrows or large caldrons of hot metal ready to dump on the attacking force to slow their advances. Modern day security barriers are now a fixture at every U.S. embassy around the world. The idea of a layered defense has been a primary tactic that have served military commanders well. The layered defense strategy is also a cornerstone of security in the maritime arena, especially in the United States following the cowardly attack on the USS COLE.
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. This has been carried out as a joint exercise between the operators of the vessel, Zodiac Maritime Agencies Ltd, and their security advisers, Maritime and Underwater Security Consultants (MUSC). Zodiac were pleased with the progress and are intending to implement the plan on board the vessel as soon as possible…
Canada Raises Security Bar: New Regs Coming
Transport Canada has strengthened its security requirements for vessels, marine facilities and ports by establishing the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. "The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining the safety and security of Canadian ports," said Transport Minister Tony Valeri. These regulations, which have been approved by the Governor in Council for publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 2, 2004, will implement the requirements of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, as well as amendments to its Safety of Life at Sea Convention, 1974. The IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations which focuses on improving safety at sea and preventing pollution from vessels.
EU-funded R&D Delivers Enhanced Port Security
A new Port Security Management System (PSMS) will be introduced for the first time by Henk van Unnik of Tosepo in London on 13-14 November 2014. PSMS is an interactive real time dynamic web-based dashboard that will help maritime and logistics professionals assess and improve overall port security. PSMS has been developed as part of SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTs) which is co-ordinated by BMT Group and part-funded by the EC's FP7 Security Research Programme. Henk van Unnik commented: “The PSMS is unique.
Liberian Registry Opens Maritime Security Department
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