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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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IMO Promotes Single Window for Ports

What is a “single window” and why do ports need one? What are the best practices when it comes to electronic business and port logistics? How is  International Maritime Organization (IMO) supporting developing countries to get ready for the Facilitation Convention amendments which make electronic data exchange mandatory from 2019? These and other questions about the role of ports in ensuring the smooth flow of trade by ship will be on the table for discussion at a special event on ports at IMO Headquarters on Monday 11 June.

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US Fines Shipping Company $1 Mln for Pollution Crimes

A Japanese shipping company will have to pay $1 million after being convicted and sentenced for obstruction of justice and falsification of an Oil Record Book to cover-up intentional pollution from bulk carrier M/V Atlantic Oasis.The company Nitta Kisen Kaisha Ltd., owner and operater of the Atlantic Oasis, admitted that its engineers failed to document the illegal discharge of oily wastes from the vessel’s fuel and lubrication oil purifier systems, as well as discharges of oily bilge waste from the bilge holding tank and from the vessel’s bilges when delivering steel products to Wilmington…

Coast Guard hosts Rescue 21 ceremony in Baltimore. Donald Wilt, senior director of federal-civil programs for General Dynamics C4 Systems, speaks during a Coast Guard Rescue 21 communications system acceptance ceremony at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 19, 2010. His company was awarded the Rescue 21 production contract in September 2002. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kendrick.

Rescue 21 System for Baltimore-Washington Region

On August 19, the U.S. Coast Guard officially accepted the installation of the Rescue 21 search-and-rescue system that will provide enhanced life-saving communications capabilities to the entire Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, reaching as far as Washington, D.C. Rescue 21 enables the Coast Guard to quickly respond to and assist distressed mariners, saving lives and property. It also provides a wireless communications network that the Coast Guard can use to communicate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and other emergency first responders.

Al Westerman

Westerman Joins Parsons Brinckerhoff

Al Westerman has been named a Port/Maritime Security Specialist in the Tampa office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Westerman will provide maritime security consulting services at ports in the U.S. and around the world. He will prepare facility security assessments and facility security plans, conduct port vulnerability assessments, security training, technology…

Safariland Group Acquires Mustang Survival

The Safariland Group, a  manufacturer of protective products and equipment primarily for law enforcement and the military, has acquired Mustang Survival and its related entities, Mustang Survival Inc. and Mustang Survival Mfg., Inc. (collectively, “Mustang Survival”). Mustang Survival is in the North American market for lifesaving equipment for recreational, military, law enforcement and industrial users in the marine and aviation environments. For more than 45 years, Mustang…

IMO Legal Committee 100th Meeting: Photo credit IMO

Crime on Board: IMO Legal Committee Draft Guidelines

The Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has drafted advice for masters of ships on preservation & collection of evidence. Draft guidelines on the preservation and collection of evidence following an allegation of a serious crime having taken place on board a ship, or following a report of a missing person from a ship, and on pastoral and medical care of victims were approved  by the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it met for its 100th session.

CLIA Welcome 'Whodunit' Proposals

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commend the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee's proposals for on-board crime procedures. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee recently adopted a proposal which CLIA co-sponsored on international standards for crime reporting, cooperation between governments, evidence preservation and care for victims. CLIA first offered the proposal to the IMO in 2011, marking the continuation of the Association's efforts to have such standards adopted globally.

Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa, presents a plaque to Chief of Cameroon Navy representative, Capt. Fru Fon Clement, chief of logistics at Naval Headquarters, during a closing ceremony for African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Cameroon March 11, 2016. Cameroon Navy, customs and fisheries worked with U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and civilian mariners aboard USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), during the facilitated theater security cooperation initiative that ai

First Ever At-sea Customs and Fisheries Boardings Conducted

USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) and an embarked multinational law enforcement team, working with Cameroon Navy Ships Ntem (108) and Sanaga (109), conducted the first ever at-sea customs and fisheries boardings supported by Cameroon Navy. The Cameroon Navy vessels patrolled the entirety of the Cameroon Exclusive Economic Zone for 12 days while conducting at-sea law enforcement operations. In the first AMLEP with Cameroon, U.S. maritime forces worked and trained with 17 Cameroon Navy personnel, two Gabonese Navy officers, six Cameroon customs officers, and seven Cameroon fisheries officers.

Jimmy Sorenson (Photo: Willard Marine)

Willard Adds Sales Manager for Gulf Coast, Florida

Willard Marine, Inc. has hired Jimmy Sorenson as regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida. Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in many roles including machinery technician and maritime law enforcement instructor, and earned the boat coxswain certification. For the past 14 years, Sorenson managed business for an aluminum boat manufacturer, including proposal and quote development for a team of sales representatives. “Jimmy’s extensive experience with the U.S.

L.A. Coast Guard Welcomes New Leader

A Change of Command Ceremony was held at Reservation Point aboard Base San Pedro, Wednesday for the Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles-Long Beach (MSST LA-LB). During the ceremony Lt. Cmdr. Taylor Lam assumed the duties and responsibilities as commanding officer of MSST LA-LB from Lt. Cmdr. Tim Margita while Capt. Thomas E. Crabbs presided over the ceremony. Lam comes to MSST LA-LB from the Office of Congressional Affaris in Washington, D.C. He served at the former Tactical Law Enforcement Team North where he deployed aboard U.S.

APL Holds Full-scale Anti-terror Exercise

APL and law enforcement officials including the FBI successfully tested anti-terrorism capabilities at the shipping line’s Seattle, Washington marine terminal. It was the seventh full-scale security exercise conducted by the global container carrier in the past six years. The day-long drill involved 200 people with representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, port police and fire department. All helped evaluate APL’s collaboration with the public sector in combating threats to the supply chain. APL invited competing terminal operators as observers.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), and Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard District 14 Law Enforcement Detachment prepare to board a merchant fishing vessel. Photo USN

USCG, Navy complete Joint Fisheries Patrol in Oceania

The Coast Guard and Navy completed a 40-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security Monday. A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team Detachment 108 embarked USS Spruance (DDG 111) and conducted 20 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the Navy's Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team and enforcement shipriders from the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

Hotz Joins National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

Thirty-year marine industry veteran John R. Hotz has accepted the position as the Assistant Director at the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), which together with its International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (IMLEA) provides education, consulting services, resources and training for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals, military members, ports and waterside critical infrastructure personnel. Following a vision and leadership of Admiral Siler, a former U.S.

Thomas Betro

Former NCIS Director Named Advisor at Ridge Global

Tom Ridge, President and CEO of Ridge Global, an international provider of security and risk management services, today announced that Thomas Betro, former Director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), and VP at NTT DATA, has joined as an advisor. Betro will work closely with Ridge Global’s Flag Bridge strategic maritime team to help guide the expansion of a global maritime criminal investigation service. “We are fortunate to have a seasoned maritime law enforcement professional like Tom Betro on our team,” said Gov. Ridge.

Secretary of State John Kerry (Source: U.S. Department of State).

Kerry Announces U.S. Assistance for Maritime Capacity in SE Asia

On December 16, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an initial commitment of $32.5 million in new regional and bilateral assistance to advance maritime capacity building in Southeast Asia. Including this new funding, our planned region-wide funding support for maritime capacity building exceeds $156 million for the next two years. As an example of our commitment to strengthen maritime capacities in Southeast Asia, the United States intends to provide up to $18 million in new assistance to Vietnam to enhance the capacity of coastal patrol units to deploy rapidly for search and rescue…

Maritime Security Threats ‘Far from Eradicated’ -MAST

The need to regulate and police the maritime domain to tackle global threats is as pressing as ever, according to Phil Cable, CEO and cofounder of maritime security company MAST. “The global threats faced by the maritime environment, whether it be terrorist, pirate, illegal fishing, human trafficking or narcotics smuggling, stem from lack of law and order,” Cable stated, speaking at the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) Conference 2015 in Perth, Australia, Thursday.

Photo USCG

Cutter Tahoma Returns Home

The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned to their homeport of Kittery, Maine, Sunday after a 65-day offshore patrol in New England waters. The Tahoma's efforts were in support of the Coast Guard’s Operation Atlantic Venture, which focused on the safety of sea life and the enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations on commercial and recreational fishing vessels in the Atlantic from Maine to Northern New Jersey. This included protection of closed fishing areas and the prevention of overfishing. Over the course of the nine-week patrol, the crew conducted 56 at-sea law enforcement boardings.

photo: Moose Boats

Moose Boats Delivers Two Patrol Vessels

Moose Boats, an aluminum boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area announced the delivery of two patrol boats in late 2013. Moose Boats delivered a new M1-44 Catamaran Patrol Boat to Bridgeport Police Department on Long Island Sound. The M1-44 all-aluminum catamaran is powered by twin Cummins QSC8.3 600hp marine turbo diesel engines coupled via TwinDisc MG5075SC transmissions to twin Hamilton 322 water-jets with Hamilton Blue Arrow Controls. The vessel named “John Jack Flynn III” features a generous fully enclosed cabin complete with shock mitigating seats…

Malta & Russia – Update Re MV Arctic Sea

The Malta Maritime Authority issued a press release stating that the MV Arctic Sea is under the control of Russian Authorities and is located 16 nautical miles off Las Palmas. A team comprised of officials from the Malta Police Force and the Malta Maritime Authority boarded the ship on 10 September and are currently carrying out a maritime safety investigation in parallel with a law enforcement investigation. (9/11/09). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)  

DHS to Fund S.C. State & Local Port Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham announced an agreement between DHS and the state of S.C. to use $800,000 in fiscal year 2009 homeland security grant funds to support state and local law enforcement personnel stationed at SeaHawk, a U.S. Coast Guard-led security initiative operating at the Port of Charleston. "SeaHawk represents a critical partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement partners to share information and coordinate response." said Secretary Napolitano.

Boston Whaler 27' Vigilant patrol boat: Photo credit Brunswick Commercial & Government Products

Brunswick Deliver Law Enforcement Boston Whaler

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) deliver a Boston Whaler 27' Vigilant patrol boat to the Ottawa County (MI) Sheriff's office. The Sheriff's office is tasked with law patrol, law enforcement, and fire suppression activities for the local river, which includes three harbors and a power plant, and to fulfill these tasks, the Sheriff's Office chose a commercially built Boston Whaler walkaround cabin model. The boat is powered by twin Yamaha engines, and includes the newest fire pump offering from BCGP, a 130 hp Mercruiser that mounts inside the cabin, leaving the deck clear.

US Coast Guard's 'Stop & Search' Power Incontestable

The USCG is America's only armed service with responsibility & authority for direct law enforcement action, on land police officers must meet 'reasonable suspicion' requirement. The Coast Guard is firmly committed to continuing the 'drug war' in the maritime area and, accordingly, drug interdiction is the most significant Coast Guard mission in terms of effort dedicated and money spent. A broad grant of enforcement authority from Congress coupled with an equally broad deference by the judiciary to the use of that power has facilitated this commitment.

A view of 350 kilograms of seized cocaine offloaded from the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge Monday at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. The drugs have an estimated wholesale value of $11.6 million.

USCG Offloads $11.6 mln of Cocaine in Miami

The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 350 kilograms of seized cocaine Monday from the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. During an Operation patrol on October 27, a Joint Interagency Task Force South marine patrol aircraft detected a go-fast vessel suspected of smuggling contraband in the Caribbean Sea. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight and an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment diverted to intercept the vessel. The RFA Wave Knight crew launched a helicopter and a smallboat with a Coast Guard LEDET aboard and boarded the go-fast…

A suspicious vessel off the coast of Costa Rica

CBP P-3 Crews Disrupt Drug Smuggling

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica resulting in the interdiction of more than $74 million in illegal drugs. Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica resulting in the interdiction of more than $74 million in illegal drugs. On Jan.

87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat (WPB) - Marine Protector Class : USCG

USCG Rescues 4 Mexican Poachers

Coast Guard crews rescued four Mexican nationals from their sinking boat Saturday, after they were spotted illegally fishing north of the U.S./Mexico maritime border. At approximately 8 p.m. Saturday, a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, spotted a Mexican boatcrew poaching fish in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, 30 miles off South Padre Island. Sector Corpus Christi Command Center watchstanders diverted a crew aboard a Station South…

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New York Ports' Top Cop Retires Amid Probe of Limbaugh Escort

The head of the police force for New York's airports and bridges authority retired on Monday amid reports that a police escort for conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh had triggered an internal investigation.Michael Fedorko, who had been superintendent of the 1,700-strong Port Authority Police Department since 2009, retired effective immediately, the agency said in a statement.