9/24/2018: Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee annual security exercise

Seventy participants from across the Gulf of Mexico attended Gulf Guardian, including representatives of the offshore maritime industry, oil and gas exploration and production facilities, and related service industries, as well as port authorities from Houston, south Louisiana, and Mobile. More than forty companies with operations in the Gulf of Mexico were represented at the exercise including


8/3/2018: Coast Guard, FEMA sign new Port Security Grant Program Memorandum of Understanding

The Port Security Grant Program was authorized in 2002 to assist port areas with meeting the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security Act and to enhance preparedness to detect, deter and respond to terrorist attacks.


7/27/2018: Area Maritime Security Committees 2017 Annual Report – Challenges, suggestions, accomplishments, and best practices

The annual report consolidates information provided by each of the 43 AMSCs established around the nation to the Office of Port and Facility Compliance and discusses common issues related to challenges, suggestions, accomplishments, and best practices. Additionally, the report assists the Coast Guard devise national strategies to address common problems, emerging threats, validate port specific data, track AMSC activities nationwide, and measure AMSCs alignment with national preparedness goals.


7/26/2018: Charleston, S.C., Area Maritime Security Committee presented with award for achievements

Last month the Charleston, S.C., Area Maritime Security Committee was named the 2017 AMSC of the Year, and Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, presented Committee representatives with the award during a ceremony July 9, 2018. Area Maritime Security Committees provide the framework for communication and collaboration necessary to ensure our nation’s ports remain secure and resilient. The exceptional and diverse accomplishments and unity of efforts across the Charleston AMSC area of responsibility is a model for excellence in public service and governance. In this post, we are sharing additional details about the Committee’s efforts that contributed to the security of the Nation’s critical Marine Transportation System.


7/25/2018: Registration open for Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee’s annual exercise

The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee is holding its annual table top security exercise in Galveston, Texas, and is inviting all maritime stakeholders and government agencies operating in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf to participate. The exercise will focus on unique physical security threat identification, assessment, and communications procedures for stakeholders and agencies in the Gulf of Mexico OCS. Attendee registration closes Aug. 1, 2018.


6/15/2018: 2017 Area Maritime Security Committee of the Year announced

The Coast Guard congratulates the Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee as the recipient of the 2017 AMSC of the Year award. The award is based on outstanding achievements and contributions in safeguarding the Marine Transportation System, including port areas, adjacent waterways, coastal and/or shore areas, waterfront facilities, and other maritime critical infrastructure and key assets.


6/8/2018: Marine Transportation System cyber awareness webinar – recording available online

Throughout the month of May, the Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance, in coordination with ABS Group, provided four opportunities for Area Maritime Security Committee members to participate in “Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training” via webinar. Over 200 AMSC members and port stakeholders participated in the sessions. In consideration of those who were not able to participate, the Coast Guard has made a recording of the training that is now available online.


6/7/2018: Summary of National Alternative Security Program sponsoring organizations workshop

The semi-annual workshop was hosted at the offices of the American Chemistry Council. Attendees came from as far away as Seattle and New Orleans and represented 11 industry organizations that oversee thousands of MTSA-regulated vessels and over two hundred MTSA-regulated facilities that share common business models. Industries represented include passenger, ferry and gaming vessels, offshore service and towing vessels, chemical and barge fleeting facilities, and grain terminals.


10/5/2017: Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee, Eastern Great Lakes and regional sub-committee vacancies

This notice requests individuals interested in serving on the Area Maritime Security Committee, Eastern Great Lakes, and the four regional sub-committees: Northeast Ohio Region, Northwestern Pennsylvania Region, Western New York Region, and Eastern New York Region submit their applications for membership to the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Buffalo. The Committee assists the FMSC, Buffalo, in developing, reviewing, and updating the Area Maritime Security Plan for their area of responsibility. Requests for membership should reach the FMSC, Buffalo, on November 6, 2017.


12/5/2016: Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee, Eastern Great Lakes, Regional Sub-Committee vacancies

The Coast Guard issued a notice soliciting for membership on the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC), Eastern Great Lakes, and the four regional sub-committees: Northeast Ohio Region, Northwestern Pennsylvania Region, Western New York Region, and Eastern New York Region.


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