About the Author
After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center and clerking for a federal appeals court judge, I spent a career in the Navy JAG Corps, during which I picked up an LL. M. in Law and Marine Affairs and spent lot of time on Law of the Sea, Oceans Policy, and Rules of Engagement issues. In early 2004, a few years after retirement, I was selected to head up Maritime Protective Services, Inc., a MTSA/ISPS Code training and consulting company with offices in South Florida and England.
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Category Archives: Port Security
The September 2012 meeting of National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) was typical in that the original agenda was immediately altered as the order of topics changed and some switched meeting days. It was also distressingly atypical in that the audio … Continue reading
UPDATE 9/7/2012: The policy is now om the Department of Homeland Security website, Port Security Advisory (1-12) located here. 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 … Continue reading
Finally, here’s the post covering the third session of the January 2012 meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC). Three topics–Underwater Terrorism Preparedness, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program, and the Global Supply Chain Security Initiative–were covered at … Continue reading
This post covers the second session of the January 2012 meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (MMSAC). This session, on the afternoon of January 18th, had two topics: a discussion of the Certain Dangerous Cargo Security Initiative and … Continue reading
On October 14, 2012 the USCG posted Port Security Advisory (PSA) 4-11 to its Homeport website. In essence, the Advisory removes conditions of entry previously imposed on vessels arriving from the Republic of Congo. “The Coast Guard has determined that the … Continue reading
The recent American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) Port Operations, Safety and Technology Seminar included a Panel on “Regulatory Updates Roundtable: Safety and Security.” This Panel included a presentation on “Coast Guard Regulated Waterfront Facilities—Port Safety Requirements” that also covered … Continue reading
This is the second post covering the most recent meeting of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. The first post dealt with briefings and discussions on Seafarer Access to Shore, CDC Security, and the TWIC Program. The Future of … Continue reading
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. Original Post: Tomorrow (4/5/11), the … Continue reading
National Maritime Security Advisory Committee to be Tasked to Assist USCG on Seafarer Shore Access Policy?
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 of section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. A … Continue reading
National Maritime Security Advisory Committee Meeting – Part 2 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 … Continue reading