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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 for the audience attending by webcast and teleconference was among the worst in living memory. As a consequence, there are both major and minor gaps (not necessarily noted) in this report notwithstanding the length of the post. I have also occasionally placed comments out of chronological sequence in order to keep all the discussion of a particular topic in one place.



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The maritime industry’s implementation of TWIC readers will be a lot more complicated than simply hanging some machines at the entry points of vessels and facilities regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. That’s one thing that’s very clear from the lengthy and sometimes murky Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Final Report on the TWIC Reader Pilot Program that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) had run in response to section 104 of the SAFE Port Act of 2006. The Report was forwarded to Congress by the DHS Secretary on February 27th.



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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 this session, on the morning of January 19th.



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The Beltway Gang has been busy; GAO in particular. This week’s compendium of a busy Spring has something for everyone: Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Mariners, Marad, Oil Pollution, TWIC and Piracy…

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Joseph Keefe on 5/11/2011 9:23:14 AM | with 0 comments


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Federal News Radio reported that DHS Secretary Napolitano’s State of America’s Homeland Security Address yesterday included a statement to the effect that “DHS will expand the Transportation Worker Identity Credential (TWIC) program to more ports of entry and maritime workers.”



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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 of the Cargo Security Risk Reduction Workgroup, and (3) efforts to harmonize the requirements of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and its regulations.



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Port Security: Good News, Bad News, No News at All
GAO Weighs in on DHS Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Port Security

Posted to Global Maritime Analysis with Joseph Keefe by Jocelyn Redfern on 12/1/2010 10:08:23 AM | with 0 comments


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Congress goes its own haphazard way

Posted to Martin Rushmere by Martin Rushmere on 8/5/2010 1:19:10 AM | with 0 comments


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The Small Vessel Threat is one of the top concerns in Maritime Transportation Security. A Small Vessel Security Update Bulletin by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI) appeared recently (the web address of the PDF includes the date June 25) on the DHS website.



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A Sea Change for the Coast Guard
The recent change-of-command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard signaled more than just a routine change of leadership. ADM Robert J. Papp’s term as Commandant will probably involve much more than that. That’s not necessarily good news for everyone, but it could mean real change within the most visible division within the DHS.



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