Federal News Radio reported that DHS Secretary Napolitano’s State of America’s Homeland Security Address yesterday included a statement to the effect that “DHS will expand the Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) program to more ports of entry and maritime workers.”
Unofficial sources, including AMO Currents and GCaptain, have reported that the US Coast Guard has issued a new ALCOAST message on seafarer access through MTSA-regulated facilities, in light ofsection 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. A copy of the new policy is available on the website of the American Maritime Officers (AMO). The message, however, does not appear to have actually been released yet, and thus may be changed before its possible publication.
National Maritime Security Advisory Committee Meeting – Part 2
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) wrapped up its January meeting this morning, after briefings on (1) attempts to harmonize maritime security regulations and operations with Canada, (2) the progress of the Cargo Security Risk Reduction Workgroup, and (3) efforts to harmonize the requirements of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and its regulations.
This morning, my good friend, and renowned blogger, Dennis Bryant reported that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had erred when it posted that it had received for “regulatory review” a US Coast Guard proposed rule on card reader requirements for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
The US Coast Guard’s proposed regulation on Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) reader requirements was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for regulatory review on January 12th, according to a posting on reginfo.gov by OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).
The Notice of Availability for the US Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Directive 104-6 (Rev 5) is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register tomorrow (January 13th). My earlier speculation that Revision 5 increased the area of the Indian Ocean considered to be High Risk Waters is borne out by the advance copy of the Notice ferreted out by Cryptome,
The 13th Coast Guard District has announced that moving maritime security zones in Puget Sound will be enforced with flashbangs fired from shot guns aboard Coast Guard assets escorting high value vessels. The flashbangs will be fired in front of vessels that fail to respond to radio communications or other signals to steer clear of these security zones.
From pronouncements by various world leaders to contract clauses to regulatory action to reports, last week saw a number of developments relevant to maritime transportation security. Here follow some short notes on some of them, in more or less chronological order.
Last week saw several items of interest in the maritime transportation security world, courtesy of the United Nations, the organization of the West and Central Africa MOU on Port State Control, the US and Australian governments, and the Somali pirates.
GAO Weighs in on DHS Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Port Security