Giuliani to Receive Port Security Award
The U.S. Port Police will present former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani with the inaugural Fred V. Morrone Memorial Award this evening in Washington, D.C. The Morrone Award will be delivered during the 38th annual International Port Security Conference of the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police (IAASP). The award commemorates the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our nation's airports and seaports. It is awarded to individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership and contributions in helping to strengthen our nation's airport, seaport, cargo and transportation security. Morrone was the highest ranking police officer killed in the September 11 attacks in New York…
Giuliani Rolls Out PortStat Program
During the port security conference of the International Airport and Seaport Police last night, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani announced his intention to implement a new port security law enforcement program based upon the widely praised "CompStat" initiative he launched as mayor of New York City. As with Compstat, the "PortStat" initiative would gather statistics on arrests, complaints, suspicious activities and other intelligence information that would detect criminal, security-breach and terrorist activity trends at airports and seaports around the country. The resulting intelligence data would assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in adjusting their security strategies in an ongoing and pro-active basis.
Bangkok Ports Operational Despite State of Emergency
Operations at Bangkok's ports and airports are continuing as normal and without any disruption, despite the announcement this week that a State of Emergency has been imposed. The ruling allows the police and security forces to take action if necessary by introducing measures such as travel restrictions and curfews. However, to date, apart from some isolated incidents the largely peaceful nature of protests being staged in the city has not necessitated such action. There are currently seven main points throughout Bangkok where protests are being held, and where the roads are blocked to prevent any vehicles passing. The road blocks are only in limited areas, however, and so far have had no impact of GAC's operations.
CLIA Welcome 'Whodunit' Proposals
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commend the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee's proposals for on-board crime procedures. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee recently adopted a proposal which CLIA co-sponsored on international standards for crime reporting, cooperation between governments, evidence preservation and care for victims. CLIA first offered the proposal to the IMO in 2011, marking the continuation of the Association's efforts to have such standards adopted globally. In addition to CLIA, other co-sponsors were the United Kingdom, the International Federation of Shipmaster's Associations, and the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police. The proposal was also supported by the United States.
Box Ship Breaks from Mooring in Boston
The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating how a containership broke free from its mooring in Boston on Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs responded to 1,065-foot vessel, Helsinki Bridge, that broke free at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. Terminal workers aboard the ship at the time were able to safely disembark, and no injuries or pollution have been reported, the Coast Guard said. The incident caused some damage to the pier, local media reported. A docking pilot boarded the vessel and worked with the ship's crew to escort the Helsinki Bridge to Broad Sound where it remains anchored.
Crews Searching Bahamas Waters for Downed Aircraft
U.S. Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are responding to a reported downed Cessna aircraft with four people aboard in the vicinity of Freeport Bahamas Airport, Bahamas, Monday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration reported the crash to watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District at approximately 11 a.m. The aircraft reportedly left Ormond Beach Municipal Airport, Fla., and was en route to Bahamas Airport. A deployed MH-60 helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater launched and is currently on scene responding alongside the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association and the Royal Bahamian Police Force. uscgnews.com
WFS Acquires Marine Energy
World Fuel Servies Corporation announced the acquisition of Marine Energy, a marine fuel services company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The acquisition gives World Fuel Services a greater presence in the world's second-largest marine fuel supply market. World Fuel Services provides fuel and services at more than 1,100 airports and seaports worldwide.
Mariner Group Wins GSN Award
The Mariner Group announced it has been recognized again by Government Security News (GSN) as the Most Notable Seaport Security Solution in this year’s Airport, Seaport, & Border Security Awards Program. The awards program covers security initiatives completed within the past 12 months in categories ranging from Access Control to Underwater Surveillance and Integrated Security Programs. The GSN Awards acknowledge exceptional programs and technologies for security at airports, seaports and borders. Mariner’s submission described how CommandBridge—their situation awareness platform — challenges traditional security methods by emphasizing the importance of context. This contradicts the common misconception that simply adding extra sensors results in increased awareness.
Port Everglades Hosts Columbian Delegation
On the heels of the announcement that the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia will go into effect in May, Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport hosted a delegation of public officials from Colombia to discuss international trade and visit Broward County's seaport. Port Everglades is the top seaport in Florida for trade with Colombia, which totaled more than $1 billion in FY 2011, representing 54 percent of Colombian trade through all of Florida's seaports last year.
Admiral Collins Discusses Challenges of Security
Admiral Thomas Collins, Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, delivered a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies on The Challenges of Maritime Security. He discussed the differences between seaports and airports, the need to push the borders out, controlling the movement of high interest vessels, protecting critical assets, and outreach.
UN Security Council – Restrictions Due to Nuclear Activities
The United Nations Security Council said that it approved a new round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and heavy-water-related activities. Among other things, the new resolution calls on all States, in accordance with domestic and international law, to inspect cargoes to or from Iran of aircraft and vessels at their airports and seaports owned or operated by Iran Air Cargo and the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line, provided there is reasonable cause to believe that the aircraft or vessel is transporting goods prohibited by Security Council resolutions. Source: HK Law
President Bush Announces STAR Initiative
In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference in Los Cabos, Mexico, the White House issued a Fact Sheet discussing the Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) Initiative, which is intended to enhance security while increasing trade. The STAR Initiative commits APEC economies to accelerate action on screening people and cargo for security before transit, increasing security on ships and airplanes while en route, and enhancing security in seaports and airports. The plan of action, which was also discussed in Remarks
LA Port Police Contract with All American Marine for Dive and Patrol Catamaran
All American Marine, Inc. is pleased to announce their latest vessel contract awarded by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Department for a new dive and patrol catamaran. The 65’ x 24’ aluminum catamaran will be used by the LA Port Police dive team and will feature Teknicraft Design’s signature hull shape and hydrofoil technology. The design of the vessel is based upon the previously built R/V Shearwater and R/V Fulmar, which are operated by NOAA throughout California’s four National Marine Sanctuaries.
Provision for Lightering Paroles for Joining Crew
The West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) has issued a reminder regarding lightering paroles for crewmembers joining vessels in the USA. There have been instances where crewmembers joining a lightering vessel have been denied parole when applying at the airport of arrival and admitted on their C1 transit visa. Efforts by agents to obtain corrections have been difficult in many cases and WGMA recommend the following steps be taken. During the inspection, if the crewmember believes that a misunderstanding has occurred they should request to speak with a CBP Chief, Supervisor, or a Passenger Service Manager. If the agent believes that an error has occurred…
Canaveral Creates Seaport Police Department
Joseph Hellebrand, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, will serve as chief of the newly created Port Canaveral Police Department. The Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners established the department late last year as culmination of a four-year initiative to enhance public safety at the world’s second busiest cruise port and Central Florida’s outlet to the sea. “The formation of the Police Department is simply the next step in the evolution of public safety at Port Canaveral in the aftermath of 9/11 and the increased demands of both federal and state laws and regulations,” said Port CEO Stan Payne. Hillebrand, who rose through the ranks from rookie officer to deputy chief with Melbourne, Florida Police Department, will develop the Port’s new department during the next few months.
Moose Boats Delivers Rescue/Response Boats
Moose Boats delivered two M2-37 rescue/response boats to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police. The M2-37 vessels are 37.5 ft. aluminum catamarans powered by twin Cummins 380 hp turbo diesels propelled by Hamilton HJ292 water jets. These rescue/response boats can attain a top speed of over 35 knots and are custom outfitted with 33 18-person life rafts. Each boat can deliver enough raft capacity to handle a water-based aircraft rescue mission for the largest aircraft landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport. These two boats comply with the 2004 FAA Advisory that provides guidance to airport operators in the preparation for water rescue operations.
Police Kill 2 Kenyans Suspected of Planning Ferry Attack
Kenyan police said on Friday they shot and killed two armed men suspected of planning an attack on a ferry in the port city of Mombasa after one of them tried to hurl a grenade at approaching police. Mombasa and the coastal region has been struck by a series of attacks that have killed dozens of people in recent months. The worst shootings have been on the north coast, but Mombasa has been hit by several bomb attacks. Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group has claimed many attacks, but the government has blamed some of the north coast raids on local political networks, leaving many Kenyans confused about who is responsible and angry at security failures.
AAM Wins LA Port Police Deal
All American Marine won a contract by the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Department for a new dive and patrol catamaran. The 65’ x 24’ aluminum catamaran will be used by the LA Port Police dive team and will feature Teknicraft Design’s signature hull shape and hydrofoil technology. One of the key functions of this multipurpose vessel is the ability to conduct oceanographic surveys within the port. By monitoring the seafloor, the LA Port Police can help ensure that America’s largest seaport remains safe and operational. Lt.
Moose Boats Delivers 2 Patrol Boats
Aluminum boat manufacturer Moose Boats announced the delivery of two patrol boats. The builder delivered a M2-38’ Patrol Catamaran to the United States Park Police in Fort Tilden, New York, as well as a M2-38’ Wide Cabin Patrol Catamaran to the New Jersey State Police in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The U.S. Park Police’ all aluminum catamaran is powered by twin 425hp Cummins turbo diesel engines with TwinDisc transmissions coupled to Hamilton HJ292 water-jets. Maneuvering is achieved by dual complete Hamilton BlueArrow control stations at both the central cabin helm station and cockpit.
Training to Crackdown on Illegal Ship Discharges
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) provides joint Interpol training to member-state represetatives. This year EMSA’s training and cooperation sector offered a new training course together with Interpol, the international police organization. The contents of the course was developed by Interpol withhin the framework of the project “CleanSeas” a training course on “Illegal discharges and MARPOL Violations”. Lecturers from EMSA, the US Department of Justice, the Swedish Coast…
Bentley Criticizes Congressional Funding Bias
maritime industry. "Congress gave the airports more money than they knew what to do with. Hilton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 22. "This has nothing to do with patriotism. in various capacities. "already 700 pages long. finished. to be imposed on the maritime industry. do business," said Bentley, a maritime lobbyist and consultant. years. Official Congressional estimates are now $8 billion. "That $8 billion is for the 700-page version they have now. costs. screeners authorities were in such a rush to hire," said Bentley. Sen. which will establish joint operation centers at major U.S. roof, and thus improve inter-agency cooperation and communication. will also require U.S. screenings four-fold within two years. the maritime community.
Norman Mineta Submits Resignation
submitted his Letter of Resignation, effective July 7. reluctantly accepted the resignation. In his statement, President Bush said, Norman Mineta has served America with integrity, dedication, and distinction. He leaves his position as the longest-serving Secretary of Transportation in our Nation's history. Norm's life is a story of determination, courage, and service. As a child, he lived in an internment camp. As a young man, he wore his country's uniform in Korea and Japan. From there, he went on to become a mayor, a congressman, and a Cabinet Secretary under two Presidents. As my Secretary of Transportation, Norm performed a crucial role on September 11, 2001, leading the successful effort to bring tens of thousands of passengers aboard commercial aircraft to safe landings.
Seattle, Tacoma to Submit Seaport Alliance Proposal
Taking another step in forming The Northwest Seaport Alliance, commissioners from the ports of Tacoma and Seattle voted Friday to submit a final agreement to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for approval. The Northwest Seaport Alliance will unify the two ports’ marine cargo terminal investments, operations, planning and marketing to strengthen the Puget Sound gateway and attract more marine cargo for the region. “This agreement is the culmination of months of work to set aside decades of competition in creating a new business model for the greater good,” said Don Johnson, Port of Tacoma commission president. The agreement outlines The Northwest Seaport Alliance’s governance charter, management and financial structures, a transition plan and a business development strategy.