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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, Chapter XI-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the IMO ISPS Code, and relevant U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Combined with CSO course listed above. · Facility Security Officer - (FSO) (3 days) This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for personnel to conduct the duties of a Facility Security Officer (FSO) 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.


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


NYT: Some Ships Get Coast Guard Tip Before Searches

The Saturday, May 20 edition of the New York Times includes an article stating that the US Coast Guard sometimes tips off commercial ships that the agency will be conducting a vessel security examination before the ship arrives in port. Souce: HK Law


Terra-Marine Security Ops from Yemen

In late January of 2009, HP Terra-Marine International, LLC, sister company of HollowPoint Protective Services, LLC, successfully established a firm agreement and licensing from the Yemen government. As a result, HP Terra-Marine International, LLC, is now operating from several strategic Yemeni ports along the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. These bases in Yemen allow the company to provide professional armed security personnel for onboard vessel security through the east-west route in the Gulf of


PVA Calls for TWIC Re-Evaluation

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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), the Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) takes note of the far-reaching security enhancements adopted by the U.S. flagged passenger vessel industry but also calls on Congress to re-evaluate the expensive and unsuccessful Transportation Worker


SOCP Annual Fall Meeting and 20 Year Anniversary Event

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20 Years of Collaboration & Innovation to Improve the U.S. Maritime Industry About the Meeting The Ship Operations Cooperative Program (SOCP) cordially invites the maritime community to attend the SOCP Annual Fall Meeting, celebrating 20 Years of Collaboration & Innovation to Improve the U.S. Maritime Industry. This event will be held at MITAGS-PMI-CCMIT, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum, MD 21090 on November 6-7, 2013.


AAPA Calls for “Continued Progress” in Port Security

In the nearly five years since 9/11, America’s seaports and the federal government have joined forces to make major gains in fortifying and hardening port facilities against intruder attack. “Public port authorities have made seaport security their top priority since September 11, 2001,” said Kurt Nagle, American Association of Port Authorities’ president and CEO. With the combined efforts of public ports, initiatives of federal agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


Seaarland Tanker Escapes Pirate Attack

The 74,000 dwt Liberian-flag panamax tanker Lia, commercially managed by Amsterdam-based Seaarland Shipping Management, and technically managed by Motia Compagnia di Navigazione, has escaped a pirate attack due to swift action by Euronav warships. The vessel’s crew, all 26 of whom are Indian nationals, are unhurt and the ship is proceeding normally on its voyage. The Lia had loaded its cargo of naphtha in Amsterdam/Limassol and was proceeding to its discharge destination in China


L.A. Coast Guard Welcomes New Leader

A Change of Command Ceremony was held at Reservation Point aboard Base San Pedro, Wednesday for the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles-Long Beach (MSST LA-LB). During the ceremony Lt. Cmdr. Taylor Lam assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of MSST LA-LB from Lt. Cmdr. Tim Margita while Capt. Thomas E. Crabbs presided over the ceremony. Lam comes to MSST LA-LB from the Office of Congressional Affaris in Washington, D.C


CLIA President Comments on Government’s Cruise Report

Christine Duffy, CLIA president and CEO, said, The [GAO] report recognizes that the industry adopted 10 wide-ranging safety policies in 2012, each of which are mandatory for membership in CLIA, and have been incorporated into International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards.  As a result of the industry’s relentless focus on passenger comfort and safety, cruising is one of the most enjoyable, affordable and safe holiday vacation experiences available today.”

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today issued a statement from President and CEO Christine Duffy on the recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on implementation of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010 and cruise industry safety practices. Below is Duffy’s statement in full. “We are pleased the GAO concluded that cruise lines are complying with the requirements of the CVSSA


US Conditions of Entry for Vessels from Nigeria

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has announced that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the Federal Republic of Nigeria (excluding vessels arriving from certain ports) with effect from June 26, GAC reported in its daily Hot Port News Report.


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


Raytheon Anschütz Debuts ShipGuard at SMM

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In view of an increasing demand for security of merchant ships and maritime trade, Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based manufacturer of Integrated Bridge Systems, has developed shipborne security solution  ShipGuard. ShipGuard will be presented for the first time ever at SMM 2014 in Hamburg


Proposed Rulemaking on Cruise Ship Terminal Security

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The Federal Register Wednesday published the U.S. Coast Guard’s notice of proposed rulemaking amending its regulations on cruise ship terminal security. This proposed rule would standardize screening activities for all persons, baggage and personal effects at cruise ship terminals while


Titan Refloats Grounded Vessel

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Titan Salvage refloated the 262-foot containership M/V Danio from its stricken position on England’s Northumberland coast despite challenging sea and weather conditions. Danio, which was carrying a load of timber and en route to Belgium from Scotland, ran aground at Farne Islands


CLIA Welcome 'Whodunit' Proposals

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commend the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee's proposals for on-board crime procedures. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee recently adopted a proposal which CLIA co-sponsored on international


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


Titan Refloats Grounded Vessel

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Titan Salvage refloated the 262-foot containership M/V Danio from its stricken position on England’s Northumberland after the ship, which was carrying a load of timber and en route to Belgium from Scotland, ran aground at Farne Islands, an environmentally sensitive area, in early March


Economic Impacts of STCW 2010

CDR Emil A. Muccin, USMS, is an Assistant Professor in Nautical Science/Marine Transportation at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The views here are his own and not those of the Academy, the Maritime Administration or any other branch of the United States Government.

Our global economy and the maritime community have been greatly impacted by the implementation of the International Convention on Standards and Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) 2010 Manila Amendments that went into force on January 1, 2012


LRAD Receives $700,000 International Coast Guard Order

LRAD Corporation, provider of long range acoustic hailing devices (AHDs), received a $700,000 order for LRAD 300X systems for installation on international coastal patrol boats currently under construction. Shipments under the order are scheduled to begin this quarter and continue as the patrol


U.S. Defense Conducts Maritime Strike Ops

Pictured is a B-1B Lancer on a training mission. The US Air Force recently conducted a successful test of its ability to neutralize and eliminate the threat of small boats in acts of terror. During that testing period, a B-1B Lancer supersonic variable-sweep-wing bomber launched a GBU-10 laser-guided bomb to take out a remotely-controlled mobile surface vehicle.  The GBU-10 has a published accuracy of 3.6 feet, making it a good weapon against a small target like a boat. Although its 945 pound wa

The looming threat of small boats to national security calls into play some innovative options. Since the horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 revealed a series of national security vulnerabilities, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security have been exploring options to


SOCP Annual Fall Meeting & 20 Year Anniversary Event

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The SOCP cordially invites the maritime community to attend the SOCP Annual Fall Meeting, celebrating 20 Years of Collaboration & Innovation to Improve the U.S. Maritime Industry . This event will be held at MITAGS-PMI-CCMIT, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum, MD 21090 on November 6-7, 2013


Sea Marshals Showcases Management System in New Premises

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International private maritime security company Sea Marshals Ltd. has expanded into new premises to cope with its growing workload, particularly in the Gulfs of Guinea and Aden. Sea Marshals marked its expansion with an open evening held at its new 4


Phantom Offers Security for Yachts

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Phantom Services Offers Exclusive Global 24/7 Vessel Monitoring, Tracking and Recovery for GOST Security, Monitoring & Tracking Systems Maritime security firm Phantom Services now offers global Security Concierge Services, providing 24/7 monitoring


Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year






 
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