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Homeland Security Advisory System Officially Dead

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

At 7:10 this morning, the Secretary of Homeland Security blogged that DHS had taken “another major step forward” in “strengthening our country’s defenses by getting all stakeholders – including the public – the information and resources they…

Results of the April 12-13 Meeting of NMSAC - Part 1

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on April 15, 2011

The US Government having been kept in business for another week, the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) started a two-day meeting on April 12th. The agenda previously discussed was modified such that the day started with the discussion of Seafarer Access Shore Leave Policy…

NMSAC to Meet April 12-13

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on April 13, 2011

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting April 12-13 at the American Bureau of Shipping, 1400 Key Blvd, Suite 800, Arlington, Virginia  22209. This news comes from Ryan F. Owens, Chief, Industry Outreach Branch…

NMSAC Agenda Issued, But Meeting May Be Off

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

The Agenda for the meeting of the Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC), set for next week has been made available. The meeting will be cancelled, however, if Congress doesn’t provide funds to operate the US Government past tomorrow night.

GAO Says No to Mailing TWICs to Homes

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on April 17, 2011

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued its congressionally required report on the feasibility of (1) mailing Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) to applicants’ residences and (2) allowing applicants to receive their TWICs at enrollment centers of their choice.

USCG Removes Conditions of Entry for Vessels Arriving from Mauritania--Updated

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on April 4, 2011

UPDATE: The US Coast Guard Notice referred to below was published on April 5th at 76 Federal Register 18771 and PSA 02-11 has been posted on Homeport and may be accessed as described below. Tomorrow (4/5/11), the Federal Register will carry…

TWIC Program Updates

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

This post provides information (of sorts) on (1) the status of the US Coast Guard’s interim guidance for voluntary use of TWIC readers and (2) the progress of the TWIC Reader Pilot Program being run by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Brazen Somali Pirates Operating Almost Within Sight of India

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on February 17, 2011

A Live Piracy Report from the International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) indicates that Somali pirates are brazenly operating less than 30 miles off the coast of India. On Wednesday afternoon (local time), three skiffs…

DHS to Expand TWIC Program?

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on January 31, 2011

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…

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee to be Tasked to Assist USCG on Seafarer Shore Access Policy?

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on January 27, 2011

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.

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee Meeting – Part 3

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

Materials from the sessions of the most recent meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) Meeting January 19 and January 20 have now been posted on the NMSAC site on the Coast Guard’s Homeport website. NOTE: This post may be copied…

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee Meeting – Part 2

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

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…

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee Meeting – Part 1

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

Especially during the more interesting (to me) subjects, the audio faded in and out over the course of individual sentences. Apparently, only one briefer used slides, so the video glitch didn’t have much of an effect. What follows is my best effort to interpret what I did hear.

One Small Step for TWIC That Wasn’t?

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on January 18, 2011

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…

Another Small Step for the TWIC Program

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

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 12, according to a posting on reginfo.gov…

Maritime Security Directive on Piracy: Update

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on January 12, 2011

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 13). My earlier speculation that Revision 5 increased the area of the Indian…

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee Meeting Update

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 30, 2010

Reader Don Hamrick posted a question about yesterday’s post on the upcoming meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee meeting. Pointing out that the link to register for web participation referred only to January 20, he wondered…

Somali Pirates Attack Farther South

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 30, 2010

Just under a month after attaining a new record for easternmost attacks, the Somali pirates have now attacked international shipping farther south than ever before. According to recent Live Piracy Reports from the International Maritime Bureau…

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee to Meet Jan. 19-20

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 29, 2010

Today’s Federal Register carries a Notice announcing that the National Maritime at the Security Advisory Committee will meet “to discuss various issues relating to national maritime security” on January, 2011 at the American Bureau of Shipping in Arlington, VA.

Australian Guidance on Maritime Security Plan Audits & Reviews

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 27, 2010

On December 20, the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport  posted a Guidance Paper on Requirements for Internal and External Audit and Review of Security Plans for Maritime Industry Participants (MIPs). The Paper provides “more…