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USCG to Apply Conditions of Entry to Vessels Arriving from Yemen

Posted to Maritime Transportation Security News and Views (by on September 4, 2012

UPDATE 9/4/12: The Conditions of Entry Notice has been published at 77 Federal Register pages 53901- 02 and is also available online. The Port Security Advisory has not yet been posted on Homeport.

UPDATE 9/4/12: The Conditions of Entry Notice has been published at 77 Federal Register pages 53901- 02 and is also available online. The Port Security Advisory has not yet been posted on Homeport.

The September 4 issue of the Federal Register is scheduled to carry a US Coast Guard  Notice that will impose conditions on ships coming to the US after having visited ports in Yemen (other than Hodeidah and two energy terminals) as one of their last five port calls. These conditions of entry will take effect 14 days later (September 18, 2012). The Notice adds Yemen to the list of countries that the Coast Guard has determined are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures in their ports.

The Republic of Yemen thus joins a list that already included Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote D’Ivoire, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Iran, Liberia, Madagascar, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, and Venezuela, although some ports and facilities in some countries are excepted from the condition of entry requirements. All vessels arriving in the US that visited the listed countries (other than the excepted ports and  facilities) during their last five port calls are required to take certain actions while in those countries as a condition of entry. The requirements include:

1. Implement measures per the ship’s security plan equivalent to Security Level 2;
2. Ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel;
3. Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security;
4. Log all security actions in the ship’s log, and
5. Report actions taken to the cognizant U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to arrival in the U.S.

Affected vessels will be boarded or examined by the Coast Guard to ensure they took the required actions. Based on the USCG’s findings, vessels may be required to post armed guards at each vessel access point while in US ports.

The amended policy on conditions of entry will also be published on the USCG’s Homeport website as a Port Security Advisory (PSA).  When available, the PSA may be accessed by clicking on “IPS Program” in “Featured Homeport Links” on the right side, scroll down under “International Port Security Program (ISPS Code)” on the menu on the left side  to the heading “Port Security Advisory,” click on that and then select the most recent PSA.

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