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NORAD Tracks Contact into US

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 25, 2010

Last night and into the early morning hours of today, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) tracked an aerial contact that crossed into US airspace near Cape Canaveral, Florida, after it had made multiple stops in The Bahamas, Cuba…

USCG to Use Flashbangs to Enforce Maritime Security Zones in Puget Sound

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 13, 2010

The 13 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…

Maritime Transportation Security: The Week in Review

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 8, 2010

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.

First PiraT Newsletter and Working Paper Available

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 3, 2010

PiraT is a project by a consortium of German academic institutions that have been funded by the German Government, to the tune of almost €1 million, to analyze the worldwide increase in maritime piratical attacks and the risks of terrorist attacks…

Recent Maritime Transportation Security Developments

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on December 1, 2010

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.

IMO Previews MSC Meeting

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 23, 2010

A press release from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN’s specialized agency for maritime transportation security and safety, describes the agenda for the 88 session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), which starts tomorrow and will last through December 3.

USG Confirms Maritime Terrorism Threat

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 23, 2010

The US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued Advisory 2010-10 that confirms the validity of the claim of responsibility by the Abdullah Azzam Brigades (AAB) for the suicide attack on the tanker M Star in the Strait of Hormuz on July 28.

An End to Sensitive Security Information as We Know It?

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 9, 2010

The article in the New York Times interprets the Executive Order as replacing all of these ad hoc markings with the single label “Controlled Unclassified Information” (CUI). If correct, entities regulated under the Maritime Transportation…

IMO Is Developing a Maritime Security Manual

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on November 8, 2010

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the UN’s specialized agency for shipping in general and maritime transportation security in particular, is developing a “Port and Ship Security Manual” for “Contracting Governments, Ship operators…

Appeals Court Upholds Border Search of Crew Cabin without Reasonable Suspicion

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on May 31, 2010

Last Thursday, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the 11 Circuit (which handles appeals from District Courts in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama) released an opinion in the case of U.S. v. Alfaro-Moncada upholding the admission into evidence…

New MARAD Advisory on Somali Piracy

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on October 7, 2010

Yesterday, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued Advisory 2010-09, Subject: Risk to Vessels Transiting High Risk Waters. After the reminder that US vessels operating in high risk waters are required to comply with the current version of the USCG’s Maritime Security Directory 104-6…

Coast Guard Authorization Act Impacts the TWIC Program

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on October 1, 2010

This week, after some convoluted maneuvering, Congress finally passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Although there all sorts of provisions relevant to Maritime Transportation Security, this post is limited to Transportation Worker…

One Small Step for the TWIC Program?

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

Last week the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) updated its list of TWIC Readers that have successfully completed the Initial Capability Evaluation (ICE) to include an additional hand-held reader. This brings the total of portable…

EUNAVFOR Extends AOR to Better Fight Somali Pirates

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on September 24, 2010

According to a recent press release, the European Union Naval Force Somalia – Operation ATALANTA has increased its Area of Operations (AOR). Although the release is not specific as to the extent of the increase, the extension is clearly further eastward into the Indian Ocean.

State Dep’t & USCG Respond to Suez Canal Firearms Prohibition

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on September 8, 2010

It has been reported that, about two months ago,  the Suez Canal Authority began enforcing a prohibition on merchant vessels transiting the Canal with firearms on board. A vessel with weapons is now required to hand them over to Egyptian authorities…

USCG Updates Information on Foreign Nations’ Policies Towards Weapons on US-Flag Commercial Vessels

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on August 18, 2010

Last week, the US Coast Guard posted, on its Homeport website, an updated Port Information Matrix that summarizes available port state responses to a US State Department demarche requesting information on port state laws and restrictions…

MARAD Issues Advisory for Transiting Straits of Hormuz

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on August 17, 2010

Responding to the “explosive incident” experienced by the tanker M. STAR while transiting East in the Straits of Hormuz on the night of 27-28 July, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued Advisory 2010-08. The official press agency of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)…

ReCAAP 2010 Half Yearly Report Now Available

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on July 26, 2010

The website of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) now has a link to the Half Yearly Report, by the organization’s Information Sharing Centre (ISC), on piratical incidents…

DHS Provides Update on Small Vessel Security

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by John C.W. Bennett) on July 9, 2010

The Small Vessel Threat is one of the top concerns in Maritime Transportation Security. A Small Vessel Security Update Bulletin by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI) appeared recently (the web address of the PDF includes the date June 25) on the DHS website.

G8 Declaration Commits to Maritime Security Capacity Building for Horn of Africa

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

Maritime Security assumed a significant role in the “Muskoka Declaration Recovery and New Beginnings” issued by the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) at the end of their summit, held June 25-26 in Muskoka, Canada. Under the rubric of International Peace and Security…