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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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AWO Develops Model Security Plan

The American Waterways Operator has developed a model vessel security plan in an effort to mitigate vessel vulnerabilities to terrorist attack. The goal of the AWO Model Vessel Security Plan is to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Plan was developed after 9/11 by a special AWO Security Working Group, in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It was recently approved by the AWO Board of Directors at the association's Spring Convention in Washington, D.C. Care, and Protection. AWO President Tom Allegretti noted, "In developing this Model Vessel Security Plan…

MARAD Certifying Cruise Security, Safety Training

Photo: Antonio Ferrer

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) informs it has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers. As part of the voluntary certification, MARAD will review training plans and supporting information for consistency with training standards established under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010, which imposes new security and safety standards on cruise ships. MARAD will issue certifications effective for five years to successful training provider applicants, and will list certified training organizations on its website.

New MARAD Policy for Cruises Safety and Security Training

The U.S. Maritime Administration published a policy on voluntary certification of cruise vessel security and safety training. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has published a policy for the certification of cruise vessel security and safety training providers, as authorized under the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010. The new certification process will afford an opportunity for security and safety training providers to demonstrate that their training program is consistent with model standards for security and safety training that were promulgated by the Coast Guard in 2012. MARAD will list certified training provider organizations on its website and notify the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Port State Control of training organizations whose certification is effective.

Government Update: Secure Marine Transportation ... Priceless?

In the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), signed into law on November 25, 2002, Congress directed the U.S. Coast Guard to, among other things, establish a vessel security plan requirement for appropriate vessels operating in United States waters. Congress broadly defined the vessels that should have security plans as those that the Secretary (of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating) believes may be involved in a transportation security incident. A 'transportation security incident' is defined as a security incident resulting in a significant loss of life, environmental damage, transportation system disruption, or economic disruption in a particular area.

Cal Maritime Security Officer Refresher Course

The U.S. Coast Guard National Maritime Center, through Det Norske Veritas, has approved a Vessel Security Officer (VSO) Refresher Course developed by The California Maritime Academy, a part of The California State University. The course, offered through Cal Maritime’s Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning (SPEL) Department, provides a refresher curriculum for maritime security personnel and is designed to facilitate the transition to the USCG mandatory training for Vessel Security Officers. Effective July 1, 2009 licensed mariners designated as Vessel or Ship Security officers will have to have either passed an approved Vessel Security Officer course, or taken an approved VSO Refresher course and either worked in the position of a VSO or have taken a VSO course.

News: USCG Oks Barge Security Plan

The American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Model Vessel Security Plan for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been approved by the United States Coast Guard. AWO developed the security plan after 9/11 to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Model Plan was developed in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a special AWO Security Working Group. The Plan serves as a template for company-specific procedures to prevent terrorism in the categories of Awareness, Training, Personnel Practices, Planning, and Emergency Response. The plan lists both required and suggested actions to take, depending on the threat level, with regard to physical security, communications, and cargo.

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…

USCG Amends NVICs re Maritime Security

The U.S. Coast Guard has amended three of its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) relating to maritime security. NVIC 03-03 regarding implementation guidance for facilities now provides, among other things, additional policy guidance and draft letters of approval. NVIC 04-03 regarding guidance for verification of vessel security plans now provides, among other things, a domestic vessel security plan verification guide. Changes to NVIC 06-03 regarding port state security targeting and boarding are made in two parts. Changes include a discussion of the International Port Security (IPS) program and country advisories, as well as amendments to the enclosures. NVIC 06-03, Part 1 and NVIC 06-03, Part 2. (Source: HK Law)

USCG Amends NVICs

The U.S. Coast Guard has amended three of its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) relating to maritime security. NVIC 03-03 regarding implementation guidance for facilities now provides, among other things, additional policy guidance and draft letters of approval. NVIC 04-03 regarding guidance for verification of vessel security plans now provides, among other things, a domestic vessel security plan verification guide. Changes to NVIC 06-03 regarding port state security targeting and boarding are made in two parts. Changes include a discussion of the International Port Security (IPS) program and country advisories, as well as amendments to the enclosures. NVIC 06-03, Part 1 and NVIC 06-03, Part 2. (HK Law).

Columbia Coastal Security Plan Approved

Columbia Coastal Transport, an East Coast container barge operator, said that its Vessel Security Plan was approved by the US Coast Guard.. This approval remains valid for five years, and insures the company’s compliance with the final Maritime security requirements mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. “Columbia Coastal is among the first companies to date that have had their Vessel Security Plans approved by the US Coast Guard,” said Bruce Fenimore, president of Columbia Coastal. “This indicates not only our commitment to serve our customers without interruption, but also to the ports and terminals that we call on a regular basis.

MARSEC Level Raised in New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin stating that the maritime security condition (MARSEC) within the New Orleans Captain of the Port COTP) zone has been elevated to MARSEC 2. Vessels and waterfront facilities should take appropriate measures to achieve that level of security. For those vessels and facilities without current security plans, reference should be made to the USCG Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) addressing Vessel Security Plans and Facility Security Plans respectively. The Bulletin did not explain the rationale for elevating the MARSEC level. Source: HK Law

Confused Seas

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.

MARAD Seeks Input on Cruise Security and Safety Training Certification

The Maritime Administration is proposing that organizations seeking to have their cruise vessel security and safety training programs certified by MARAD may voluntarily submit their programs for review and approval by the MARAD Administrator. The proposed policy is in keeping with the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010, and may be viewed in the Federal Register at (LINK). Comments may be submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-12300 or by mailing or hand delivering comments to: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, West Building, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C., 20590.

MTSA policy guidance for certain U.S. vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Guidance regarding use of the Alternative Security Program (ASP) for U.S. vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The guidance advises how to utilize the ASP while continuing to meet requirements of the ISPS Code. It also reminds operators of uninspected domestic vessels that the vessel security plan must clearly describe the security measures that will be employed during voyages to which the maritime security regulations are applicable. (HK Law).

MTSA Policy Guidance for Certain U.S. Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard issued Policy Guidance regarding use of the Alternative Security Program (ASP) for U.S. vessels subject to the ISPS Code. The guidance advises how to utilize the ASP while continuing to meet requirements of the ISPS Code. It also reminds operators of uninspected domestic vessels that the vessel security plan must clearly describe the security measures that will be employed during voyages to which the maritime security regulations are applicable. (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)

Bill Introduced re: TWIC

Senator Coleman (R-MN) introduced the Small Marine Business and Fishing Guide Relief Act of 2008 (S. 3377) to amend title 46, United States Code, to waive the biometric transportation security card requirement for certain small business merchant mariners, and for other purposes.  This bill, if enacted into law, would exempt from the requirement for a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) merchant mariners serving on vessels the owner or operator of which is not required to submit a vessel security plan. (HK Law).

Legal Beat: At Sea with U.S. Maritime Security

By Dennis L. The U.S. Coast Guard issued its final regulations implementing the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). These regulations replace the interim rules issued on July 1, 2003 and take into account comments received thereon. Few substantive changes, though, have been made. The majority of the changes are in the nature of clarifications. The submission date for security plans was changed from December 29 to December 31, 2003. Vessel and facility security plans must be in full effect not later than July 1, 2004. Various alternative security programs submitted by specialized industry groups were approved. Overall, the Coast Guard is to be congratulated for its development of a program for enhancing U.S.

DHS Awards $200K Grant to Cal Maritime

The California Maritime Academy Department of Sponsored Projects and Extended Learning (SPEL) has received a federal Homeland Security grant of $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) administered through the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA). The funds will support curriculum development and delivery of DHS-approved training courses to California emergency responders and maritime industry professionals. The courses will be delivered tuition-free to qualified residents of the state, or individuals employed by MTSA-regulated entities within the state for. SPEL will deliver the First Responder Operational Maritime Security (FROMS) Course up to six times at various locations throughout the state.

Canada Proposes Amendments to MTSR

Transport Canada published proposed amendments to the Maritime Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR). The proposal, if adopted, would implement for Canada recent changes to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention) and require that the vessel security officer (VSO) have a certificate of proficiency. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by November 12. [Source: HK Law]

Security Seminar & Expo Set For Boston

Boston Harbor will be the location for American Association of Port Authorities' (AAPA) 11th Port Security Seminar and Exhibition, July 18-20. The annual event will focus on practices and challenges faced by the port industry, giving participants further insight into one of the most critical issues affecting ports today. The seminar will also feature an exhibition area for vendors to showcase the latest in port security goods and services. One of the topics to be discussed will be implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), a new United States Department of Homeland Security program that requires criminal background checks, security threat assessments and purchase of a biometric photo ID card for those requiring unescorted access to U.S.

SSNPRM on Alaska Passenger Vessels Security Zones

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Second Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SSNPRM) regarding security zones around escorted high capacity passenger vessels and escorted Alaska Marine Highway System vessels in navigable waters of Alaska. Under this proposal, all commercial fishing vessels while actively engaged in fishing would be exempt from the security restrictions. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by March 30. source: HK Law

Coast Guard Approves Barge Industry Security Plan

The American Waterways Operators' (AWO) Model Vessel Security Plan for the American tugboat, towboat and barge industry has been approved by the Coast Guard. AWO developed the security plan after 9/11 to protect people and property and prevent vessels from being used as weapons of mass destruction. The Model Plan was developed in close consultation with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by a special AWO Security Working Group. The Plan serves as a template for company-specific procedures to prevent terrorism in the categories of Awareness, Training, Personnel Practices, Planning, and Emergency Response. The Plan lists both required and suggested actions to take, depending on the threat level, with regard to physical security, communications, and cargo.

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