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Some TWICs Won’t Work in Readers

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 6, 2011

Some 26,000 Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) may be rejected by TWIC reader machines because of defective encoding. At some point recently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) posted on the “Latest News”…

Second Chance to Comment on USCG’s Proposed STCW Regulations

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 28, 2011

If you weren’t able to comment before the September 30 deadline on the US Coast Guard’s Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) on implementing STCW Convention and Code amendments and changes to domestic merchant marine endorsements, you have a second chance.

CUI Program Update

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 14, 2011

Ten days after posting its initial version of the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) registry on its website, as previously reported, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has issued a press release announcing the establishment of the publicly available registry.

Sensitive Security Information in the New CUI World

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 7, 2011

On November 4, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) posted a Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Registry on its website. The Registry is designed to list the categories of information that federal agencies are authorized…

USCG Removes Conditions of Entry for Vessels Arriving from the Congo

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on October 20, 2011

On October 14, 2012 the USCG posted Port Security Advisory (PSA) 4-11 to its Homeport website. In essence, the Advisory removes conditions of entry previously imposed on vessels arriving from the Republic of Congo. “The Coast Guard has determined…

USCG Moves to Implement Law Exempting Some Mariners from TWIC

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on October 19, 2011

The Coast Guard has drafted a regulatory proposal revising Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) requirements for mariners. It’s most likely designed to implement section 809 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, but details are sparse at this point.

Proposed USCG STCW Regulations Impact Maritime Security

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on September 29, 2011

Proposed US Coast Guard regulations to implement the STCW Convention will, if adopted, have both direct and indirect impacts on maritime transportation security programs. That said, implementation of the maritime-security-specific STCW amendments…

USCG CDC Maritime Security Listening Session

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on August 25, 2011

The US Coast Guard held the second of two Listening Sessions in Houston, TX on August 18, to discuss the development of a CDC Maritime Security National Strategy. Fortunately for those of us not in the Houston area, the session was webcast.

AAPA Session Details Some USCG Facility Inspection Results

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on June 30, 2011

The recent American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Port Operations, Safety and Technology Seminar included a Panel on “Regulatory Updates Roundtable: Safety and Security.”  This Panel included a presentation on “Coast Guard Regulated…

Ports Session Reveals Some TWIC Pilot Results/Lessons Learned

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on June 26, 2011

Presentations at the recent American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Port Operations, Safety and Technology Seminar provided some insight into what was learned during the operational phase of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Pilot.

IMO MSC Meeting Results Announced, Documents Now Available

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on June 6, 2011

On May 26, the International Maritime released a press briefing summarizing the results of the 89th session of its Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) in London from May 11 to the 20. In addition to safety, the MSC is responsible for maritime transportation security matters.

IMO Issues Guidance on Use of Armed Security in IO

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 21, 2011

After years of recommending against the use of weapons to defend against piratical attacks, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has finally approved a Circular with interim guidance to the industry on the use of “privately contracted…

NMSAC Makes Recommendations on Seafarer Shore Access

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 20, 2011

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) met by teleconference this morning (May 20th) to finalize a Resolution on Seafarer Shore Access. The Resolution was adopted unanimously, after two amendments. One of the maritime transportation…

USCG to Webcast CDC Strategy “Listening Sessions”

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on July 29, 2011

When I wrote about the announcement of stakeholder meetings on the Coast Guard’s working draft of the Certain Dangerous Cargos (CDC) Security National Strategy (for the maritime transportation system), I seconded the notion that the USCG should webcast the sessions.

USCG Waives Maritime Security Regulations for Some Facilities

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on July 26, 2011

The US Coast has just issued MTSA Policy Advisory Council Decision 02-11 (PAC 02-11), “Waiving Facilities that Transfer Certain Low Risk Commodities.”  Owners/operators of MTSA-regulated facilities that transfer or store bulk commodities that are listed in the Decision as being low risk can…

Maritime Transportation Security in the DHS Regulatory Agenda

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on July 22, 2011

Several proposed or planned regulations in the recently released “Spring 2011” DHS Semiannual Regulatory Agenda will impact maritime transportation security. Discussed herein are USCG actions regarding: STCW implementation, TWIC Reader requirements…

USCG Announces Stakeholder Meetings on CDC Security Strategy

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on July 14, 2011

A Notice published on July 13 in the Federal Register announced “information and listening sessions” in St. Louis and Houston this August, to discuss the Coast Guard’s Draft CDC Security National Strategy for the maritime transportation system.

NTAS and Maritime Security Levels

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 9, 2011

There have been questions in the maritime transportation industry about the effect of the new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) on Maritime Security Levels. It turns out that the Coast Guard had worked out the answer rather quickly…

Results of the April 12-13 Meeting of NMSAC – Part 3

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on April 26, 2011

This is the third post covering the most recent meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). The first post dealt with briefings and discussions on Seafarer Access to Shore, CDC Security, and the TWIC Program. The second…

Results of the April 12-13 Meeting of NMSAC – Part 2

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on April 22, 2011

This is the second post covering the most recent meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. The first post dealt with briefings and discussions on Seafarer Access to Shore, CDC Security, and the TWIC Program. After those issues…