MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Miami today issued an order to suspend operations at a facility that was not in compliance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). Coast Guard Marine Inspectors, acting on a report from a Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, discovered NRD Shipping and Marine of Miami had been operating for 10 days and had failed to notify the Coast Guard of its intention to conduct cargo operations with vessels subject to the MTSA and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) regulations. During a routine patrol in the waters surrounding Miami, A Coast Guard Auxiliary unit working for Coast Guard Sector Miami located the Bolivian-flagged, cargo ship Miss Rutha, at an unregulated facility along the Miami River. The auxiliary vessel made note of Miss Rutha and passed the information to Sector Miami, which immediately dispatched marine inspectors to the scene. Miss Rutha was ordered to transit to an MTSA/ISPS-compliant facility and offload the cargo immediately. The NRD Shipping and Marine facility and the vessel Miss Rutha will be inspected further to verify compliance with the MTSA/ISPS. The regulations require vessels and facilities to, among other tasks, develop security procedures and install physical security measures as part of a layered approach to Homeland Security.
A cargo terminal on Blount Island, Fla., has resumed operations after being shut down yesterday afternoon by Coast Guard inspectors from Sector Jacksonville for not having a facility security officer present or specifically named in writing. After receiving an anonymous tip, Coast Guard inspectors went to the Ceres Marine Terminal Inc. and found that they had been without a facility security officer at the terminal for more than a week
The U.S. Coast Guard issued its 2004 Targeted Flag List for ISPS-MTSA. Vessels documented with listed nations are automatically assigned additional points for purposes of determining their priority for a port state control examination. Just like golf, the goal is to have as few points as possible. The points assigned on the Targeted Flag List are based on the USCG Control Action Ratio (CAR). Nations for which 7 points have been assigned include: Bolivia, Cayman Islands
Minimizing the risk of a water-borne or delivered terrorist attack is no small responsibility. Maritime Reporter visited recently with U.S. Coast Guard LCDR Stephen M. Midas, Chief, Planning and Risk Management Department, Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads, for some insights. When historians document the early 21st century evolution of the U.S. Coast Guard, the current era will be considered a watershed for many reasons
The U.S. Coast Guard has collected the following nationwide compliance data on both the international code and the U.S. law. These numbers are current as of noon, July 2, but are not final and are subject to change. ISPS compliance numbers for July 2 Total foreign vessel arrivals on July 1: 228 Number of foreign vessels (included above) inspected and approved before July 1: 131 Number of foreign vessels inspected in port on July 1: 120
San Diego based anti-terrorism unit returns after six month deployment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of 'Operation Enduring Freedom' 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
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
Chaplains in 15 ports across the United States reported that new maritime security regulations effective as of July 1 show an overall reduction in instances of shore leave denial by private terminal operators. In addition, the survey also demonstrated that a lack of a US visa was still the reason why most foreign seafarers are denied shore leave. "A seafarer's right and elemental need for shore leave is clear, but
The U.S. Maritime Administration & Maritime Security Initiatives The paradigm for global transportation security underwent a dramatic shift in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the years that followed, industry and government worked together to add layers of security to mitigate risk while maintaining the flow of commerce. The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD) has since developed security initiatives which ensure safety
The Coast Guard issued a final rule on April 28, 2009 that requires each crewmember on a foreign flag commercial vessel en route to the U.S., or on a U.S. flag commercial vessel coming from a foreign port or place to the U.S., to carry and present acceptable identification when in the navigable waters of the United States (i.e. internal waters and within 12 miles of the shoreline). The final rule can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-9634.pdf and is effective May 28, 2009
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
Card reader technology is tested, proven and in use, nationwide. While the maritime industry awaits the Fed’s edict on MTSA, the solution already exists. The Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) requires that individuals needing unescorted access to MTSA-regulated Facilities and
Limiting the use of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) smart cards and readers will create significant security vulnerabilities in our maritime infrastructure, the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council said in comments submitted this week to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Passenger Vessel Association Marks 10th Anniversary of Maritime Security Law; Calls for Reevaluation of TWIC. On the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) (Public Law 107-295)
Experience has clearly shown that the concept that the issuance of high-tech biometric transportation security cards, called the Transportation Worker Identification Credential or TWIC, could achieve these goals was fatally flawed from the beginning.
Department of homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard have issued Maritime Security Directive 104–6 (Rev 6); Guidelines for U.S. Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters. AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Notice of Availability.
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)
AAPA Concerned Federal Budget Cuts May Impact Port Security Progress. Port and industry leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere will pause on Sunday, Sept. 11, as part of the 100th Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in Seattle (Sept
The US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston issued a bulletin explaining that reports have been received of malfunctioning internal antenna on some Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) cards. These defective cards are functionally unrecognizable in non-contact TWIC validation
Signet Maritime Corporation, a marine transportation and logistics company, continues to grow with their recent purchase of Colle Towing Company’s assets and business operations. Since 1878, Colle Towing Company Inc., Pasacagoula MS has been providing offshore
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 Passenger Vessel Association called member attention to the recently enacted economic stimulus bill contains $150m for a new round of financing for competitive Port Security Grants. Program Guidance and Application Kits are available online (www.fema.gov/grants)
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
The California Maritime Academy, Vallejo, CA, is offering an online certificated course in Maritime Security Awareness for workers in the maritime environment. The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002 require
The TWIC compliance date for owners and operators of facilities located within U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Zone Port Arthur, Texas, has been extended until April 14, 2009, from the original compliance date of Nov. 28, 2008. This extension was granted due to disruption of enrollment and