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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Physical Security

Antal Joins Port of Tacoma

James G. Antal recently joined the Port of Tacoma as Director of Port Security. In this position, he is responsible for protection of personnel, preservation of assets and strategic direction for Port security. Antal brings more than 24 years experience in international and domestic security management. Most recently, he was employed by Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Security Consultants Group, Inc. as Division Manager for the Protective Forces Division, responsible for 700 armed security personnel at U.S. government facilities throughout the United States. As a security consultant and manager in Europe and North Africa, Antal worked with embassies of the United States, Israel and India, as well as numerous commercial and governmental clients, including a commercial marine terminal at the Port of Tunis, Tunisia. As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Antal managed personnel training, intelligence, physical security and classified information security at assignments in Italy, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Syria, Egypt and Mozambique. He retired from active service in 1988 with the rank of Major. "Jim brings expertise in physical security, threat analysis, intelligence and management to the Port of Tacoma," said Timothy J. Farrell, the Port's Deputy Executive Director. "Our customers and public officials will find that he offers leadership, creativity and a collaborative approach to the challenges of port and supply chain security."

HSA Focuses on Homeland Security

The Homeland Security Industries Association (HSIA), kicked off its formation today by presenting seven position statements that recommend how government and industry can work together on critical homeland security areas. The HSIA position statements address airport security; port and maritime security; protection against bio-terrorism and chemical agent attacks, radiological and nuclear security; critical infrastructure protection and physical security; information technology security;

News: USCG Oks Barge Security Plan

The American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Model Vessel Security Plan for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been approved by the United States Coast Guard. AWO developed the security plan after 9/11 to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Model Plan was developed in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a special AWO Security Working Group

Cal Maritime Security Awareness Course

The California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA, is offering an online certificated course in Maritime Security Awareness for workers in the maritime environment.  The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002 require that regulated vessel and facility owners and operators assure and document that they have provided Maritime Security Training for “other personnel” who routinely have access to

New Anti-Piracy Firm Launched in San Diego

Skye Maritime, A New Anti-Piracy Firm, Is Launched By Two U.S. Armed Services Veterans; Providing high-quality training and ethics based approach to security and anti-piracy solutions in war risk regions at sea. Skye Maritime, a new firm offering security and anti-piracy solutions for clients operating in war risk regions at sea, is beginning operations this month. The company, launched by two U.S. Armed Forces veterans, provides a specialized training and ethics based approach to security

Hundreds Show Support for SUNY Maritime

More than 500 people attended SUNY Maritime College’s annual Admiral’s Scholarship Dinner to honor Tom Higgins, chief administrative officer of First Data, and astronaut Capt. Scott Kelly.   “Both of these men have achieved extraordinary heights,” said Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, college president. “They are great friends of the college and I am personally grateful for their support and proud to honor them.”  

Schwarzenegger Announces $5M Port Security Grant

Governor Schwarzenegger joins Admiral Kevin J. Eldridge, USCG, Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District and Matt Bettenhausen, Director, Office of Homeland Security, State of California, onboard a UTB-41 Coast Guard boat to observe coast guard port security drills. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a $5 million grant to improve port security at 11 of California's ports during a visit to the San Diego Coast Guard Joint Operations Center

Government Update: Cargo Security Strategy

by Dennis Bryant, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its draft White Paper on a National Cargo Security Strategy. The Department is seeking stakeholder feedback. The vision is for “a system for supply chain security that mitigates the evolving terrorist threat and facilitates the free flow of global commerce in order to ensure the physical and economic well being of the United States and its trading partners.”

DOT Grant Money Available for Security

U.S. ports will soon begin applying for $93.3 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to enhance seaport security. The new Port Security Grants program will be administered by the Maritime Association (MARAD) and the U.S. Coast Guard on behalf of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "We're very pleased that Congress recognized the tremendous need for Federal help at U.S. seaports and appropriated emergency funding for security enhancements," said Kurt J

TT Club Warns Baltic Ports to Protect Against Reputational Damage

Andrew Huxley (Photo courtesy of TT Club)

Speaking during Baltic Transport Week in Gdansk this week Andrew Huxley, Development Director at freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, warned port and terminal operators to be aware of the reputational damage that can be a serious consequence of uninsured incidents resulting from avoidable risks. It is estimated that for every unit cost incurred in insurance claims it can cost between eight and thirty-six times that amount in direct and indirect uninsured losses for the business

USCG Releases Draft Cyber Guide for Maritime Facilities

James Espino (Photo: Gnostech)

Cyber risk has hit a critical peak within the maritime industry, and the significant impact of the Petya ransomware attack on scores of maritime entities only amplifies it. The attack effectively shut down major ocean carriers, including shipping conglomerate Maersk, and impacted marine terminal operations across the globe. Every maritime company, no matter the size or business function, is a potential target.  

Brightoil Launches Online Bunker Trading Platform

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International bunker trader and supplier Brightoil has launched a new suite of online tools that aims to transform the way bunker fuel is traded globally.   Brightoil Bunker Online E-Delivery platform is now live and includes a Forward Fixed Price (FFP) facility making the process of buying bunkers anywhere in the world faster, easier and more transparent. The new facility enables customers to lock-in bunker cost for up to nine months forward thereby reducing exposure to major price

IMC Envisages Singapore as Global Maritime Hub

Image: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

 The International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in August 2016, has submitted the IMC 2030 Strategic Review report to the Singapore Government.    The Committee’s vision is for Maritime Singapore to be the Global Maritime Hub for Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.    The Committee, chaired by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of BW Group

Liberian Registry Offers Cyber/Ship Security Training

The Liberian Registry has launched a Cyber and Ship Security Computer-Based Training (CBT) program that provides an overview of cyber-security issues, including concepts such as malware, network security, identity theft, risk management and other common threats to maritime security.    Jorgen Palmbak, Director of Maritime Security for the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S

Monjasa Reports Panama Canal Supply Growth

Physical bunker supplier Monjasa has been active in the Panama Canal since 2011 and established a physical presence for operations and bunker trading in Panama City in 2015. Now one year after the official inauguration of the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal, Monjasa said it has seen supply volumes continually grow.   “Since the opening of the new locks exactly a year ago, we have seen a positive development in the local bunker market,” said Rasmus Jacobsen

New Order for EMRI Autopilot

Photo: EMRI

Furetank is about to delivery its newest generation of environment friendly product and chemical tankers, which are intended to sail in the waters surrounding Sweden. Especially the archipelagos are difficult to navigate through but as Furetank has experienced, the EMRI autopilots can do the job together with a good ECDIS voyage planning. Per-Anders Höglund, Chief Security Officer at Furetank, said,  “From what we have gotten of feedback from our people on the bridges

Baltic Index Rises on Stronger Capesize Rates

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose on Thursday supported by robust demand for capesize vessels.   The overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, increased 16 points, or 1.69 percent, to 964 points.   The capesize index jumped 65 points, or 6.32 percent, to 1,093 points.  

Port Cooperation and Maritime Security in Belize

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Identifying and dealing with potential threats to port security operations was at the core of a three-day workshop in Belize City, Belize (18-20 July).    The event took a closer look at security needs and associated risks. Through interactive presentations and discussions between participants the workshop helped identify opportunities for increased collaboration between government agencies and port owners/operators as well as assessing port security training priorities

Baltic Index Rises for Eighth Straight Session

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 The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, rose for the eighth straight day to its highest level since early May. The overall index - which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels - was up 12 points, or 1.16 percent, at 1,050 points. The capesize index gained 43 points, or 2.59 percent, at 1,702 points. Average daily earnings for capesizes, which typically transport 150

ICHCA Community on Global Cargo Chain Saftey

Photo: ICHCA International

 The leading NGO for the global cargo handling industry ICHCA will use its 65th anniversary conference in October to tackle risks to the cyber and physical security of the global cargo chain, said a press statement.  Following the Petya attack in June, one of the biggest cyber-attacks ever experienced in global shipping which crippled A.P. Moller-Maersk’s computer systems worldwide for 5 days, the need to protect against both cyber and physical threats to critical maritime

Getting to Grips with Ship Security

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 On-board practice in assessing maritime security measures on a ship was a key feature of a recent workshop which took place in Montevideo, Uruguay (8-11 August).    Some 45 participants, representing the national Administration and designated authority for maritime security, ship companies, recognized security organizations and ship security officers.    The workshop was designed to equip participants with the necessary skill and knowledge to assess the

PSA, PIL, IBM on Blockchain Development

Photo: Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd

 Ocean carrier Pacific International Lines (PIL), terminal operator PSA International and IBM plan to utilize blockchain for better security, efficiency and transparency in supply chain business networks and trade finance.  Three companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today to explore and trial proof of concept (POC) blockchain-based supply chain business network innovations.   The MOU was signed by Ms Lisa Teo

Baltic Index Continues Winning Streak

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The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, on Wednesday continued its winning streak as demand for capesize vessels strengthened. Rising for the thirteenth straight session, the overall index, which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels, was up 38 points, or 3.25 percent, at 1,207 points, touching its highest since April 20.

Baltic Index Edges Higher on Firmer Capesize Vessel Rates

File photo: Star Bulk

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, tracking rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, inched up on Friday, after declining for three-consecutive sessions, as rates for capesize vessels gained. The overall index — which factors in rates for capesize, panamax, supramax and handysize shipping vessels — was up 9 points, or 0.75 percent, at 1,209 points. The capesize index gained 73 points, or 3.13 percent, at 2,406 points.

Marine Fuels Supplier Bomin Group Launch New Brand Identity

Photo: Bomin Group

 The Bomin Group, a leading global physical supplier and trader of marine fuels, today announced the launch of a new brand identity and website as it positions itself to deliver the company’s next phase of global growth.   The shipping industry is experiencing significant change, and the fuel supply chain is becoming increasingly complex. The launch of Bomin’s new brand identity reflects this evolution, and the company’s global position within the market. 

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