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…
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.
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.
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]
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
Admiral Collins Addresses Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee
The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the Statement of Admiral Thomas Collins
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.
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…
Hollings and McCain Request GAO Investigation of Maritime Security Efforts
Senator Hollings, (D-S.C.), issued a press release stating that he and Senator McCain, (R-Ariz.), have requested that the General Accounting Office (GAO) investigate whether the Administration is properly implementing the mandates of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). Hollings also reported that the Department of Homeland Security awarded $75 million to "high threat" ports nationwide and an additional $35 million for radiological defense at the ports of New York/Newark and Charleston. The Letter to GAO requests an investigation of the Administration's overall plan for implementing responsibilities under the MTSA.
Guantanamo Bay Coast Guard Team Mission Accomplished
During the deployment, Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego members formed the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Maritime Security Detachment and were responsible for securing the port and waterways around the base. MSST San Diego boat crews, specialized in armed boat tactics and threat interdiction, conducted more than 4,500 hours of continuous patrols during the deployment. The unit also provided shore-side security at Joint Task Force Guantanamo, which includes internal courtroom security for the expeditionary legal complex where military commissions for high value detainees are held. Prior to deploying, unit members completed two-months of training that included boat and weapon qualifications, team coordination training and CPR certification.
Charleston Amends Security Surcharge
The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) amended its tariff for the Port of Charleston to add a Terminal Security Surcharge of $1.00 per lineal foot for ships and barges utilizing any terminal within the agency’s jurisdiction. The surcharge is intended to provide a partial offset to increased maritime security measures implemented by the agency, including measures mandated but not compensated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. The tariff amendment ( which was issued on January 29) is shown as coming into effect on March 1, 2004, but there are indications that it might be delayed until July 1, 2004, when the USCG maritime security regulations come into effect. Charleston Tariff (Source: HK Law)
New Security Regs Will Challenge
(Photo Credit: U.S. On July 1, 2003 the Coast Guard published in the Federal Register the long anticipated regulations concerning maritime port and vessel security. This is a major rulemaking printed in seven separate individual rulemakings. These rulemakings concern compliance with provisions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) and implementation of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. The regulations incorporate the ISPS Code into the domestic maritime trade. For more, see full published article in the August 11, 2003 edition of MarineNews.
GAO: Better Planning Needed on ID Card Program
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a Report stating that better planning is needed to develop and operate the maritime worker identification card program. The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to issue a worker ID card that uses biometrics to control access to secure areas in ports and on ships. The program is delayed, in large part because (1) officials had difficulty obtaining timely approval to proceed with the prototype test; (2) extra time was required to identify data to be collected for a cost-benefit analysis; and (3) additional work was required to assess card technologies.
CG Authorization Act … The Senate Version
In addition to the proposed amendment to the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) [discussed in Friday’s edition of this newsletter], the Senate version of the Coast Guard Authorization Act (S. 733) has other sections of interest. The measure, if enacted, would amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) to require non-tank vessels of 400 gross tons or greater to have vessel response plans (VRPs) similar to those required of tank vessels. It would require a report on, among other things: (1) the domestic and international implications of changing the phase-out date for single hull tank vessels from 2015 to 2010; (2) the costs and benefits of requiring monitoring systems on tank vessels; and (3) a review of safety issues relating to tank barges.
PVA Offers Free Security Training Program
PVA has developed a free new crew training program that will assist them in meeting the training requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). Entitled “Security Training for the Passenger Vessel Industry,” this program is a computer-based training tool designed to assist in establishing a basic security training program on board your vessel and in your facility. It is ideal for deckhands, reservation agents, ticket agents and others. The CD also contains a short examination to use in measuring crew and employee comprehension. This program was created to meet widespread demand from PVA members for a simple, yet comprehensive training tool that can be used internally to satisfy regulatory requirements for security crew training.
DHS Names Maritime Security Advisory Committee Members
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced the appointment of the following individuals to serve on the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. "On behalf of Secretary Ridge, I am delighted to welcome these advisors to our team," said Admiral Thomas H. Collins, commandant of the Coast Guard. The advisory committee has been established to provide advice to the Department of Homeland Security via the U.S. Coast Guard on matters such as national maritime security strategy and policy, actions required to meet current and future security threats, international cooperation on security issues, and security concerns of the maritime transportation industry as mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Joseph H. Thomas E. John C.
CG Adv Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, TWIC
In March 27, the U.S. Coast Guard announced the Federal Register's publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) — Reader Requirements." This advance proposed rulemaking discusses the federal government's preliminary issues on potential requirements for owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard under 33 CFR Chapter I, subchapter H, for use of electronic readers designed to work with Transportation Worker Identification Credentials as an access control measure. The notice also indicates additional potential requirements associated with Transportation Worker Identification Credential readers…
Security Committee to Hold First Meeting
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will hold its inaugural meeting in the conference center at the Sheraton Suites, Old Town, at 801 North Saint Asaph Street, in Alexandria, Va., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4. The meeting is open to the public. The committee members, who were appointed in December, will be sworn in and briefed by Department of Homeland Security officials on national maritime security issues. The committee consists of a variety of maritime industry stakeholders and is designed to provide advice to the Department of Homeland Security via the U.S.
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.
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.
AAPA's 'U.S. Port Person Of The Year' Award
Award to precede speech on grant opportunities for reducing diesel emissions. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) will be honored in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 7 as the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) “U.S. Port Person of the Year” at a special luncheon given by the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society. AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle will present the award in recognition of Sen. Carper’s many contributions toward improving the nation’s transportation infrastructure, including its deep-draft navigation channels. The award also credits Sen. Carper for his work on enhancing U.S.