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…
DHS Port Security Grants
The President’s FY 2005 request includes $46 million in port security grants to be administered by the Office of Domestic Preparedness. The Maritime Transportation Security Act authorizes the Secretary of Transportation, acting through the Maritime Administrator, to make port security grants to port authorities, facility operators, and state and local governments. These grants may be used to correct vulnerabilities in port security and ensure compliance with Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and facility plans. In Fiscal Years 2002, 2003 and 2004 a total of $588 million has been appropriated for these grants. Of that amount, $442 million has been awarded. An additional round of grants in expected to be made later this year.
First Great Lakes Security Plan Approved
In accordance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Milwaukee has reviewed and approved the first facility security plan in the Great Lakes region. This regulated facility is one of the first maritime facilities in the United States to receive U. S. Coast Guard approval under the full compliance review process. The Maritime Transportation Security Act requires maritime facilities to conduct facility security assessments and develop facility security plans to deter, detect, and defend against potential terrorists and other criminal activities. On or before July 1, 2004, facilities must begin operating in compliance with their proposed security plans.
Ports Applaud Signing of Security Legislation
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Ports Praise President’s Signing of Security Legislation
Public Port Authorities are commending President Bush for signing two key pieces of legislation that combined establish a framework for protecting the United States from maritime terrorism. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the Maritime Transportation Security Act were both signed into law at the White House yesterday. The new Department of Homeland Security will coordinate all border security functions, including those that will be responsible for maritime security, such as the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs Service, the Transportation Security Administration and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The new Department will take the lead in implementing much of the Maritime Transportation Security Act.
Port Fined for Security Breaches
The Coast Guard recently slapped the Port of Beaumont with $16,000 in fines for three incidents of security breaches. All three incidents, considered violations of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, occurred during the last year, Beaumont Enterprise reported. Citing port security, details of how the three violations occurred were at a minimum. The Maritime Transportation Security Act outlines security procedures ports must follow, depending on the terror threat level at a given time. The act includes measures such as securing dangerous materials, controlling access to facilities and adequately screening visitors. Federal law specifies fine amounts.
Guarding American Trade Enterprises (GATE) Act
Representative Sanchez (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 3788) to amend title 46, United States Code, to modify requirements applicable to the National Maritime Transportation Security Plan with respect to ensuring that the flow of cargo through United States ports is reestablished after a transportation security incident, to require the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to develop and implement a secure long-range automated vessel tracking system, to aid maritime security, efficiency, and safety, and for other purposes. Source: HK Law
Congressional, Maritime Leaders Support Jones Act on the Hill
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation held a hearing Wednesday on “The State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry” during which congressional and maritime leaders stressed the importance of the Jones Act. RADM Mark H. Mr. Mr. The Committee and those testifying expressed bipartisan support for the Jones Act and enforcement of the law. “In order for us to maintain the way of life as we know it as a nation that is secure and is able to project power, be it Navy power or commercial power, the Jones Act is intrinsic to that.
Hearing on Maritime Transportation Amendments of 2004
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will conduct a hearing on the Maritime Transportation Amendments of 2004 (H.R. 4251) on May 6, 2004. The bill, if enacted, would, among other things, provide for in rem liability for a vessel used in violation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act and provide for inspection of towing vessels. (HK Law).
Hearing on Transportation Security
On August 25, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct hearing on the 9/11 Commission Report and Maritime Transportation Security. Witnesses have yet to be announced. (HK Law).
MTSA Hearing Scheduled for June 9
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will conduct a hearing on June 9 to examine implementation of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). Source: HK Law
Coast Guard and Partners to Conduct Security Exercise
Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, the Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maine Emergency Team-WMD, the Cities of Portland and South Portland, Portland Pipeline and many other area agencies and industry partners will be participating in a full-scale maritime security exercise in the port of Portland May 9 through May 12. The exercise provides local players with the opportunity to practice interagency coordination and response to a potential attack on the Maritime Transportation System. In the aftermath of 9/11…
Maritime Security Awareness Class Begins Oct. 15
A MARAD-approved online Maritime Security Awareness class begins on Oct. 15. For those who successfully complete the course you will receive a certificate and 5 continuing education credits. This course is one of a series developed by Maritime Bureau, Inc. audited by DNV and approved by MARAD to provide training as prescribed under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. [Source: http://www.grainnet.com]
Port Security Grants Act of 2005 introduced
Senator Collins (R-ME) introduced the Port Security Grants Act of 2005 (S. 855). Representative Harman (D-CA) introduced the companion Port Security Grants Act of 2005 (H.R. 1731). The bills are intended to improve the security of U.S. ports by providing grants to support Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and address vulnerabilities identified in port security assessments. Source: HK Law
Maritime Security Enforcement Forum
USCG Marine Safety Office (MSO) Puget Sound will conduct a maritime transportation security enforcement forum in Seattle on October 14. Topics on the agenda include facility security, declarations of security, port state control, ballast water management, domestic vessel security, and vessel-facility interfaces. (HK Law)
Container Security Bill Introduced
Representative Sanchez (D-CA) introduced a bill (H.R. 4355) to strengthen port security by establishing an improved container security regime, to expand on the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, to strengthen the Coast Guard port security mission, and for other purposes. In a Media Advisory, Representative Sanchez summarized the purposes of the bill. She also released an advance copy of the bill, called the Secure Containers from Overseas and Seaports from Terrorism Act or Secure COAST Act. (HK Law).
President Signs MTS Act of 2002
In addition to signing the Homeland Security Act yesterday, President Bush also signed the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. This Act will strengthen security at the Nation's seaports by requiring comprehensive security plans for U.S. ports and mandating improved identification and screening of seaport personnel.
ADM Collins Delivers Speech on Security
The U.S. Coast Guard has posted the speech given by ADM Thomas Collins, Commandant, USCG at the International Maritime and Port Security Conference
Admiral Collins Addresses Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee
The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the Statement of Admiral Thomas Collins
DHS Issues Proposal on Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeking comment on draft regulations that would establish chemical facility anti-terrorism standards and on several practical and policy issues integral to the development of a chemical facility security program. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by February 7, 2007. Various facilities, including those currently regulated by the US Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA), would be exempt from the application of the proposed requirements. Source: HK Law
Bills Introduced to Import Port Security
Representative Harman (D-CA) and Senator Collins (R-ME) introduced companion bills (H.R. 1731 and S. 855) to improve the security of the Nation’s ports by providing Federal grants to support Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans and to address vulnerabilities in port areas identified in approved vulnerability assessments or by the Secretary of Homeland Security. (HK Law)
Hearing on Maritime Security
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing on the 9/11 Commission Report and Maritime Transportation Security. John Lehman and Jamie Gorelick represented the 9/11 Commission. They conceded that the Commission devoted little of its time to maritime security, but suggested that it is the job of Congress to ensure that allocation of resources must be proportionate to the risk. Terrorists have been monitoring and have occasionally attacked the maritime sector. They pointed out that there is as yet no strategic plan or threat analysis for the major U.S. ports. Rear Admiral Larry Hereth, U.S.
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.