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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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
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.
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]
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
Senator Hollings Offers Budget Proposal
Senator Hollings (D-SC) e is offering an amendment to the budget resolution that would, if adopted, transfer $2 billion of the proposed tax cut to pay for various requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act. Under his proposal, $450 million would be allocated for grants to ports and facilities, $150 million would be allocated for states and other entities, and $10 million would be used to develop seaport security training curricula.
GAO: Some Coast Guard Duties Suffer
The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a hearing which discussed the Coast Guard's move to the Department of Homeland Security. JayEtta Z. Hecker, Director, Physical Infrastructure, U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) testified that USCG levels of effort in some mission areas, such as fisheries enforcement and drug interdiction, have dropped sharply since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Delays in the planned modernization of cutters and other equipment, responsibility for new security-related tasks as directed under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)…
Statement of Asa Hutchinson to Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee
The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the Statement of Asa Hutchinson
Senate Passes CG Authorization Bill
The Senate passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2004. Negotiations can now commence to resolve differences between this bill and the version adopted by the House of Representatives some time ago. The major difference between the two bills regards security plans for foreign vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The House bill would, in accordance with language in the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA), require such a vessel to submit its security plan to the USCG for review and approval. The Senate bill would deem such a vessel to be in compliance with the security plan provisions of the MTSA if it has a security plan that has been approved in accordance with the ISPS Code and operates in compliance with the plan.
The Coast Guard Announces Deployment of Homeport
The Coast Guard officially announced its initial deployment of Homeport, an internet portal. Homeport (version 1.0) is the official Coast Guard information technology system for maritime security created to provide information and services to the maritime community and the public over the Internet. Coast Guard Federal Maritime Security Coordinators will use Homeport as a primary means for the day-to-day management and communication of port security matters with Area Maritime Security Committee members, commercial vessel and facility owners and operators, government partners, and the public. Homeport will afford instant access to information necessary to support increased information sharing requirements amongst Federal…
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.
State of the US Passenger Vessel Industry
PVA president Jeff Whitaker in December weighed in on his year as head of the nation’s passenger vessel advocacy group, where we are headed next, and what it will take to get there. The U.S. passenger vessel industry is looking forward to continued growth in the coming months. The past year was witness to solid economic conditions in the U.S., which added fuel to an already strong travel and tourism market, underpinning much of the U.S. passenger vessel industry. Ferry ridership continued to be strong with ferry systems in the Northeast…
Coast Guard to Participate in Small Vessel Security Summit
The U.S. Coast Guard announced today it will participate in the first-ever Department of Homeland Security-sponsored small vessel security summit to be held in June to discuss ideas for improving security for vessels not covered by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is expected to deliver the keynote address. Details on the location, dates and time of the summit will be announced once finalized. “We want to hear ideas from the people who regularly use our ports and waterways to determine how we can better structure new safety and security regimes that will have a minimal impact on those who rely on our waterways for their livelihood as well as recreation,” said Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard.