Houston Port Gets Most Security Money
The Port of Houston got the biggest chunk of nearly $142 million in the fifth round of port security grants awarded to 36 U.S. ports by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a Associated Press article The Houston port was awarded $35.3 million by the Port Security Grant Program, which funds efforts to protect ports from small craft and underwater attacks and enhance explosive detection capabilities. The Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles received the second- and third-largest awards of $12.7 million and $11.4 million, respectively
ABS Takes a New Approach to Cyber Risk
New approach applies data-driven decisions to produce actionable insight into cyber risksABS announced it has developed a new methodology to measure cyber security risk associated with operational technology, providing marine and offshore clients a calculated risk index for vessels, fleets and facilities. The index quantifies cyber security risk and gives owners and operators an actionable strategy to reduce cyber risk on board a vessel.Until now, cyber risk assessment methods were largely qualitative, characterizing risk based on threats, vulnerabilities and consequences.
Marine News Boat of the Month: January 2017
Gulfstream Shipbuilding’s Custom Aluminum Ferry: U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards Ferry Contract for vessel built specifically for Eastern Coastal Waters. In December, Gulfstream Shipbuilding was awarded a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service New York and Connecticut waters. This crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017.
Great Lakes Shipping Season Kicks Off
The 2017 Great Lakes shipping season begins today when the U.S.-flag tug/barge unit Dorothy Ann/Pathfinder departs her winter lay-up berth in Erie, Pa., and sails to Cleveland, Ohio, where she will initiate the shuttle of iron ore from Cleveland Bulk Terminal to the ArcelorMittal steel mill at the end of the navigable portion of the Cuyahoga River on Wednesday. The vessel will load approximately 15,000 tons that was mined from Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range. The next vessel to get underway will be the cement carrier Bradshaw McKee/St. Marys Conquest on March 1.
OMSA: CBP Revocation Notice Boosts U.S. Jobs
OMSA says CBP Action Prevents Foreign Companies from Taking Advantage of U.S. Law. The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) today issued the following statement in response to erroneous claims and misguided research released by API and companies backing foreign workers. “This study is a desperate attempt by companies promoting foreign workers to distort facts to enable them to continue to skirt U.S. law,” said Aaron Smith, President and CEO, Offshore Marine Service Association.
Horizon Shipbuilding Grows through Diversification
Alabama's Horizon Shipbuilding is bustling with activity. New York Fast Ferries are being quickly delivered, large AST tugs are being built and launched, and vessels of all sizes are cycling through weekly for refurbishment and refit. “Our company’s diversity allows us to manage multiple projects at one time,” said Travis Short, owner of Horizon. “We are a true full service builder. In 2009 F.E.M.A., through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, began aggressively funding state…
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DHS Adopts Detection Equipment Standards
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a Press Release stating that it has adopted standards for radiation and nuclear detection equipment for its personnel and other first responders. The standards, which address, among other things, pocket-sized instruments to be carried on the body and instruments for detection of photon-emitting radioactive substances, were developed in cooperation with the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). (HK Law)
U.S. Suspends Immediate and Continuous Transit Programs
Members are advised that the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State issued separate, but coordinated, rules suspending the US Immediate and Continuous Transit Programmes. These programmes consist of the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) programme and the International-to-International (ITI) programme. Non-immigrant aliens, except those from visa waiver programme countries, must now have a US visa prior to arrival in the United States, even if just engaged in transit through the US to another foreign location. The Homeland Security proposed rule already states that, as of Saturday, 2 August 2003, the TWOV and the ITI programmes have been suspended.
DHS Custom Passenger Ferry Launched
Gulfstream Shipbuilding launched a custom passenger/vehicle ferry for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on July 12, 2017. This 118 x 27 x 10.75 ft. crew boat-style vessel will be delivered in the fall 2017 to service the New York and Connecticut waters. The aluminum ferry will service the DHS Directorate of Science and Technology Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Orient Point, NY. The vessel is capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay.
DHS Release Maritime Infrastructure Recovery Plan
The US Department of Homeland Security released the 63-page Maritime Infrastructure Recovery Plan. The plan provides a standardized procedure for restoration of maritime transportation systems following an incident of national significance. It includes an exercise plan to maintain a level of preparedness within the maritime community. Source: HK Law
New Multi-mission Patrol Boat for Montauk, NY
A new 38-foot multi-mission patrol boat for Montauk, N.Y. will be officially dedicated during a “splash down” ceremony on July 26. Delivered by aluminum boat builder Silver Ships, Inc., the vessel is a multi-agency, multi-mission vessel designed for emergency response and patrol within the Montauk Harbor. The vessel was garnered through the collaborative efforts of the Montauk Fire Department, the East Hampton Town Police Department, East Hampton Town Marine Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
DHS Adopts National Backup System to GPS
The U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) in the event of an outage or disruption in service. The enhanced Loran, or eLoran, system will be a land-based, independent system and will mitigate any safety, security, or economic effects of a GPS outage or disruption. The eLoran system will be an enhanced and modernized version of Loran-C, long used by mariners and aviators and originally developed for civil marine use in coastal areas. that GPS cannot support, such as under heavy foliage, in some underground areas, and in dense high-rise structures. upgraded network.
DHS Budget Proposal
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security discussed its portion of the FY07 budget request. Among other things, the proposal calls for $139 million for the Container Security Initiative; $55 million for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism; $30.3 million for the Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography System; $157 million for acquisition of radiation portal monitors; and $934.4 million for the Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System.
Revised Report on Port Security Grant Program Issued
The US Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a revised version of its earlier review of the port security grant program. The new review finds that many of the deficiencies identified earlier have been rectified, but that there is still room for improvement. OIG-06-24 Source: HK Law
$307,500 PSGP Funding for Hueneme Port
The Port of Hueneme announced that it will receive more than $307,500 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Fiscal Year 2016 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP). The funds will provide multi-functional applications protecting critical port and regional infrastructure from terrorism, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reestablish maritime security mitigation protocols that support…
Foss Joins FEMA's Hurricane Relief Operations
Foss Maritime Company said it has contracted with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the relief and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Three accommodation vessels are being utilized and will serve as floating hotels, providing safe housing and warm meals for responders. With these vessels, Foss will be able to help feed and temporarily house 729 people.
Rob Nakama: From USCG to Foss Maritime
Just two weeks after accepting the U.S. Coast Guard’s congratulations on a military career spanning almost three decades, Rob Nakama drove from Washington D.C. to Seattle to join Foss Maritime as the company’s Manager of Contingency Planning and Emergency Response. “I’ve been in the military for the majority of my life; the transition has been surreal,” he said. Nakama was born in Hawaii, growing up on the island of Maui as the son of a taro farmer who worked for the Aloha Poi Factory.
Louisiana Cargo Transfer Terminal Approved
Approval clears way to create nation’s largest deepwater containerized cargo transfer terminal, enhancing U.S. competitiveness as Panama Canal expands. Transshipment facility off Louisiana coast intended to improve America’s strained shipping infrastructure, streamline international trade flow and create long-term jobs in 32 states. Louisiana State Senator A.G. Crowe’s vision of making America more competitive and capitalizing on the Gulf of Mexico’s deep-water resources has taken…
USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska
At nearly 663,000 square miles, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and over twice the size of Texas. The state’s size and the remoteness of its northern communities make emergency response challenging. In response to growing economic and tourism interests in the Arctic, Coast Guard District 17, Alaska Command and the State of Alaska and other state and federal partners will conduct a mass rescue exercise called Operation Arctic Chinook in Tin City and Kotzebue August 23-24.
General Dynamics Upgrades RVSS for CPB
General Dynamics successfully completed the initial field deployment and test of the Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This test demonstrated many technical capabilities of the RVSS system and is a key program milestone in its deployment schedule. U.S. Border Patrol agents are currently operating the RVSS in Nogales, Ariz., and CBP has also initiated deployments in both Naco and Douglas, Ariz.
ABS to Direct Maritime Cybersecurity Research
ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, said it has been awarded a research contract by the Maritime Security Center (MSC) – a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, led by Stevens Institute of Technology – for a two-year research program focused on defining the future of cybersecurity for the maritime industry. Study participants, which include DHS and the Department of Defense, will focus on key areas that will help define future research and guidance.
Silver Ships Hires Lobree as Federal Contracts Manager
Silver Ships, Inc. announced the hiring of Shawn Lobree, a recently retired U.S. Navy captain, as Federal Contracts Manager. Lobree has more than 25 years of military experience in maritime operations, human resources, information technology, shipbuilding and repair. His skillset will help give Silver Ships military customers a seamless contract and build process experience. In addition to his service in the Navy, Lobree’s career has included working as a maritime and defense consultant and assistant to a shipbuilding supervisor.