SafePort Project Completes Successful Sea Trials
BMT Group, the international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is pleased to announce that the SafePort research project has completed initial sea trials of a prototype vessel management system at Dublin port. SafePort offers the first advanced vessel traffic management system designed for constrained ports, or waterways with high traffic densities, with integrated portable pilot unit. SafePort delivers accurate, secure and reliable navigation and positioning information which in turn enables for safer and more efficient navigation and berthing.
President Signs SAFE Port Act
President Bush signed into law the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954). Among other things, this bill, also known as the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006, modifies the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program by requiring the prompt issuance of TWIC cards to maritime employees and the initiation of a pilot program for installation and use of card readers. It also codifies the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Container Security Initiative (CSI) programs. Source: HK Law
Hearing on SAFE Port Act
Representative Lungren (R-CA) introduced the Security and Accountability For Every Port Act or SAFE Port Act (H.R. 4954) to improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses, and for other purposes. On March 16, the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity of the House Committee on Homeland Security conducted a Hearing on the SAFE Port Act. In a Combined Statement, Jayson P. Ahern, Customs and Border Protection and Captain Brian Salerno, US Coast Guard, testified regarding vessel security, advance electronic information, the automated targeting system, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)…
Hearing on SAFE Port Act
On April 26, the House Committee on Homeland Security will conduct an oversight hearing on implementation of the SAFE Port Act. Source; HK Law
Charterer Pays Heavily for Breaching 'Safe Port' Warranty
Charterer incurs US$138-million liability by breach of 'safe port' warranty in the 'Ocean Victory' case. Alistair Feeney, partner of London law firm Holman, Fenwick & Willan LLP gives valuable insights via London P&I Club news. The recent decision of the Commercial Court in Gard Marine & Energy Ltd v China National Chartering Co Ltd (The Ocean Victory)  EWHC 2199 (Comm) serves as a useful reminder of how far charterers' warranties of port safety extend, and the size of the liabilities that may result when such warranties are breached.
Hearing on Implementation of the SAFE Port Act
The Subcommittee on Border, Maritime & Global Counterterrorism of the House Committee on Homeland Security conducted an oversight hearing on Implementation of the SAFE Port Act. In his prepared statement, Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) noted that the transportation worker identification credential (TWIC) program and the container security device regulations are far behind schedule. Subcommittee Chair Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) expressed her interest in the C-TPAT third party validator pilot program, the empty container security pilot program, long range vessel tracking, and the TWIC program. Ms. Maurine Fanguy, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), discussed recent progress in implementation of the TWIC program.
Rep. LoBiondo Hails Enactment of SAFE Ports Act
U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), Chairman of the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee hailed the enactment of the SAFE Ports Act and to discuss port security at local Delaware River Ports. Rep. LoBiondo was joined by Joseph Balzano, CEO of the South Jersey Port Corp. as well as Dennis Rochford, President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay. "I am very pleased to be at the Port of Camden today to talk about this important new port security law.� said Rep. LoBiondo. Require those in charge of security at our nation�s ports (Facility Security Officers) to be American citizens. Require the Coast Guard to conduct unannounced periodic inspections of U.S.
Tankship Looted, Released by Pirates in Gulf of Guinea
Tankship 'Energy Centurion' has been released east of Lagos, Nigeria, after theft of 3,000 tons of oil, now heading for a safe port. An official with Golden Energy Management, the Greek company that chartered the ship, told CNN that the Energy Centurion was released Thursday, some 60 miles east of Lagos, Nigeria, and was steaming toward a safe port. The official said all 24 crew members -- mostly Russian -- who are still on board the ship are safe. They were not harmed by the hijackers, he said. The company will also have to evaluate the state of the ship, the official said, after the pirates damaged some electronics and communications equipment. The Isle of Man-flagged vessel was hijacked off the coast of the Togolese capital Lome, where it was anchored.
MARAD: Operation SafePort Planned
The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) will conduct a demonstration of its Operation SafePort at Alameda Point, California on June 8. An Auxiliary Crane Ship (T-ACS) from the MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF) will be used to remove a simulated “suspect” container from a vessel. (HK Law).
Senate Hearing on Implementation of the SAFE Port Act
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation conducted an oversight hearing on Implementation of the SAFE Port Act, which was enacted by Congress in 2006. RADM David Pekoske, USCG explained Coast Guard port security efforts, including development of salvage response plans, unannounced inspections of maritime facilities, and long range identification and tracking. Ms. Maurine Fanguy, TSA, explained the significant progress made with respect to implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Mr. Thomas Winkowski, CBP, provided information regarding the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and other programs of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Mr.
Hearing on Implementation of SAFE Port Act
On April 26, the Subcommittee on Border, Maritime & Global Counterterrorism of the House Committee on Homeland Security will conduct an oversight hearing on implementation of the SAFE Port Act. Witnesses consist of: RDML Craig Bone, US Coast Guard; Mr. Jayson Ahern, US Customs and Border Protection; Ms. Maurine Fanguy, Transportation Security Administration; Mr. Stephen Caldwell, Government Accountability Office; Mr. George Cummings, Port of Los Angeles; Mr. Richard Wainio, Tampa Port Authority; Mr. Leal Sundet, Longshore and Warehouse Union; and Mr. Manny Aschemeyer, Marine Exchange of Southern California. Source: HK Law
Senate Hearing on SAFE Ports Act
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs conducted an oversight hearing on Implementation of the SAFE Ports Act. The Act assigned approximately 100 maritime security tasks. Mr. Stewart Baker, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), testified that the Department has completed half of the assigned tasks and is on track to complete most of the remainder within the statutory timeframe. He specifically cited the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI), Long-Range Tracking and Identification (LRIT), and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) programs as high priority. He also discussed the gap between the pace of technology and the legislative mandates. Mr.
MV Irene SL Released by Pirates
The Very Large Crude Carrier MV Irene SL was released from pirate control on 7 April 2011. The Greek flagged and owned vessel was pirated on the 9 February, approximately 350 nautical miles South East of Muscat in the North Arabian Sea. The vessel and her crew of 25 are believed to be making for a safe port. The crew members are from Greek, Georgia and Philippines. According to the owner all the crew members are safe and in good health.
Congress Passes Port Security Bill
Congress has passed the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006, the first legislation of its kind to authorize an annual federal funding level to help secure United States ports against terrorism. The bill, H.R. 4954, calls for $400m in federal Port Security Grant (PSG) funding for each of the next five years to help increase security in the maritime transportation system. recognized Representatives Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Jane Harman (D-CA) for introducing and moving their version of the port security legislation through the House. He credited Senators Susan Collins (R-ME; chair, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Government Affairs) and Patty Murray (D-WA)…
Senate Committee Approves GreenLane Bill
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs stated that it approved, with several amendments, the GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act (S. 2459). This bill is largely similar to the SAFE Port Act (H.R. 4954), which awaits consideration on the House floor. Look for these bills to bed merged and enacted into law in the near future. Source: HK Law
MV Sinar Kudus Released by Pirates
On the 1 May, the Bulk Cargo Carrier the MV Sinar Kudus was released from pirate control after 46 days in captivity. The MV Sinar Kudus, which is Indonesian flagged and owned, was on its way to Suez (Egypt) from Singapore when it was attacked on the 16 March 2011. The ship is now sailing to a safe port.
MV Yuan Xiang Released by Pirates
Earlier this week, EU NAVFOR confirmed that on 8 May the MV Yuan Xiang had been released from pirate captivity after being held for 207 days. She was pirated on 13 November 2010 approximately 650 nautical miles East of Salalah (Oman). The vessel has a crew of 29 Chinese and is heading to a safe port. No further information on the crew is available at present.
MV Izumi Released by Pirates
The MV Izumi, which was pirated on 10 October 2010, was released from pirate control on 25 February. The Panama-flagged vessel and her Filipino crew of 20 are believed to be making for a safe port. There is no information on the condition of the vessel or the crew.
Warship Nivôse Assists Released Vessel
On the morning of 14 March, the EU NAVFOR French frigate FS Nivôse provided assistance to the MV Jahan Moni after she was released from pirate control. The French warship provided fresh water, food and medical assistance to the crew after a request from the vessel’s owner was received. The merchant vessel and the 26 Bangladeshi crew members had been pirated on 5 December 2010, in the Somali Basin, approximately 1300 nautical miles East of Eyl (Somalia). The crew were examined by Spanish medical staff and the MV Jahan Moni is now heading for a safe port.
Chinese Bulk Carrier De Xin Hai Released
On 27 December 2009, the Bulk Carrier De Xin Hai from the Peoples Republicof China was released outside Hobyo off the coast of Somalia. The crew and the ship are in good condition and were headed to safe port as of 27 December. The De Xin Hai, with a crew of 25 personnel was hijacked by a pirate group on 19 October 2009 in the Indian Ocean, 350 nautical miles North East of the Seychelles. With this release the number of ships hijacked is eight and the number of hostages is 213 personnel.
U.S. Partners for Sea Freight Security
The United States will work with six nations in Asia, Europe and the Americas to improve port security and prevent nuclear-related smuggling by using advanced detection tools to scan containers for nuclear and radiological materials. The Secure Freight Initiative - unveiled December 7 and supported by the departments of Homeland Security, Energy, State and others - will spend $60 million to put sophisticated detection equipment in key ports to protect international commerce from the threat of nuclear weapons or the spread of radioactive contamination from an exploding dirty bomb, according to Homeland Security. Specialized X-ray equipment and optical scanners will be sent to Pakistan's Port Qasim and Honduras' Puerto Cortes in February 2007.
Vessel Owner Statement: Release of MT Zirku
Cairo-Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC) announced that the vessel M/T Zirku and its 29 officers and crew held by Somali pirates since March 28 2011 have been safely released and that the ship is now under the control of the Master en route to a safe port. All crew are reported to be safe and well, though tired and hungry after this 75 day ordeal. The families of the officers and crew have been informed and share in the company’s relief and happiness over their release. On arrival at the safe port all crew will receive medical checks and treatment if necessary. After debriefing and processing the crew will be sent home by air carrier. “We are absolutely delighted with this result.
AAPA Port Security Seminar & Expo Set for Houston
The American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 12th Port Security Seminar and Exhibition, is being held in , July 16-18. The expo plans to address concerns focusing on the security and safety challenges confronting public seaport agencies and marine terminal operators throughout the . The seminar will also feature a day-long exhibition on July 17 to showcase the latest security trends, technologies and products in the seaport industry. Some of the key topics to be discussed include implementing the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program (including the devices that will eventually "read" the embedded biometrics in TWIC identification cards)…