Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Future Maritime Security Issues

Back in December of ’07, the USCG tasked the NMSAC to identify the top issues that they see in the future for maritime security, specifically:

“The Coast Guard desires to be forward leaning and anticipatory of future trends/policy issues on maritime concerns that will confront the Department in the coming years and will require NMSAC’s attention. This committee’s subject matter knowledge affords the ability to identify those issues and recommend topics for consideration of future NMSAC meetings. The committee is requested to address the following:
  1. In the next 2 years, what will be the biggest concerns confronting industry on matters affecting national maritime security and the USCG.
  2. Of these concerns, please identify which topics NMSAC should take up for discussion and recommendation.”
You can read the entire task statement here.

In April, the Committee responded, identifying 8 key areas that are of particular interest to the Maritime Industry:
  1. Efficient and Effective Implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program and the necessary card reading infrastructure.
  2. Incident response planning and communications
  3. Vessel Boarding Policies and Joint Command Centers with CBP.
  4. Five year review of the ISPS Code at the International Maritime Organization.
  5. Implementation of the Long Range Information and Tracking (LRIT).
  6. The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP).
  7. Subchapter H Regulations and Policy.
  8. Seafarer Rights and Fair Treatment

I’ll take the time in the following blog posts to update you on the status of each of these issues as they addressed by the USCG and NMSAC.


Karen said...

Item 5: LRIT. The LRIT System went 'live' on January 1st with the following National Data Centres being established:

- Bahamas Maritime Authority
- Republic of Korea
- Brazil
- Marshall Islands

Each of these Data Centres is capable of receiving LRIT information from vessels. Other National Data Centres are being established with a view to having all 'online' by June 2009.

Vessels that meet with the criteria for LRIT (see for full list of criteria) should seek to test their shipborne equipment for compliance at the earliest opportunity.

Each Flag has appointed one or more companies (known as ASP's or Application Service Providers) to carry out testing of shipborne equipment.

Each vessel should carry a Conformance Test Report or CTR onboard.

The date by which each vessel should be compliant can also be found on the Fulcrum Maritime website.

(Information provided by Fulcrum Maritime Systems)

Ryan Owens said...

Thanks, Karen!